That means both backing businesses—and making sure we stay one step ahead of the hackersby Matt Hancock / September 13, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in October 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
We can no longer avoid the digital revolution—it confronts us every time we shop, contact friends, check the time, ask for directions or perform countless other everyday tasks. Digital technology has fully embedded itself in our lives.
Making the most of it means building an environment that rewards innovation, backs people to take risks in starting a business, and helps business to grow. A strong environment for enterprise means tackling the new challenges that come with new technology, and developing new protections. After all, our world-leading digital economy makes us a target for cyber criminals, hacktivists and hostile state actors.
We are all responsible for cyber-security—and must all do our bit. But there is a crucial role for government too—in helping to set standards and tackle threats that can’t be tackled alone. Many of the attacks we face, we face together. So our cyber defences are stronger together too. It is vital we work across government, in close collaboration with industry, academia and international partners, to defend against attacks.
Let’s take an example. While “smart cars” already offer drivers access to maps, information and digital services from the driving seat, automated vehicles will soon become a common sight on British roads. Some fear that would-be hackers could target smart vehicles to access personal data, steal cars that use keyless entry, or even take control of the technology for malicious reasons. While we must always welcome the new technology that makes our lives better, we need to be clear-eyed about tackling all the risks.