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.