An article in The Register this week pointed to the ‘insecurity’ of the UK’s public sector’s key government services. “UK.gov’s secure server setup is patchy at best,” it says, and “The security of UK government websites is inconsistent, and local authorities are among the worst offenders.” You can read the whole article here and the research behind that statement. The backdrop for this is that Ministers want to make the UK “one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace.” And you can read the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 here.
The article is worth a read along with the comments that readers have left – the issue has clearly sparked some controversy – with fears over the security of our devices and government communications, let alone our personal data. Clearly the government does need to make public services available online but while it would like to improve the situation, there are concerns over the amount of public money needed and the freeze on IT budgets – and other services. (Last December the government updated its secure server setup best practice guide, published by the National Cyber Security Centre – that is available here.)