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In response to the cyber attack, the UK Government has released the first security assessment of its National Cyber Security Strategy, which includes advice on cyber-crime.
“This is an important step towards ensuring our country is prepared to deal with the potential impact of cyber crime on our society,” said the UK Home Office, in a statement.
The strategy calls for a three-pronged approach to the response to cyber-attacks, and includes setting up an independent body to oversee cyber-security.
It also recommends that the Government “develop a national cyber security strategy, which will be based on lessons learned from past and future attacks” and include “measures to support the provision of cyber security services to businesses and individuals across the UK”.
The UK Government said the assessment would be completed in the first half of 2018.
It also announced the establishment of a national Cybersecurity Advisory Panel, to advise on how to best deal with cyber-threats.
The panel will be made up of experts from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Health, the National Cybersecurity Centre, the Government Cybersecurity Research Centre, and the Office of the Chief Cybersecurity Officer.
The government said the panel will make recommendations on “how best to address cyber-related threats, including the creation of a new cyber crime offence, better enforcement of cyber offences, and increased cooperation between the police, the intelligence and security services and the intelligence agencies”.
“The panel is also tasked with developing a strategic cyber strategy to address the growing threat of cyber attacks, such as cyber-terrorism and cyber-espionage,” it added.
The UK has experienced an explosion in cyber-incidents since 2015, with more than 5,000 reported incidents since then, according to data from the government.