Cyber warfare refers to nation states using cyber-attacks to attempt to damage another nation’s computers or information networks. In its Integrated review, the Government highlighted ‘cyber’ as a growing and increasingly important military domain, and set out the Government’s aim for the UK to become one of the world’s “leading democratic cyber powers”. In December 2021 it published its National Cyber Strategy, which included commitments to strengthen the UK cyber ecosystem and take a lead in cyber-related technologies. In 2020, the Government established a National Cyber Force, to carry out cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities that threaten the UK’s national security.

This POSTnote will look at the potential threats that cyber presents to UK national security and the steps being taken by Government, industry and other stakeholders to mitigate these.

Work on this POSTnote has started.

To contribute expertise, literature or as an external reviewer, please e-mail Amber Keegan

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