This article is intended to aid the UK government in protecting the UK from
cyber attacks on its Critical National Infrastructure. With a National Cyber
Security Centre now being established and an updated National Cyber Security
Strategy due in 2016, it is vital for the UK government to take the right approach.
This article seeks to inform this approach by outlining the scope of the problems
Britain faces and what action the UK government is taking to combat these
threats. In doing so, it offers a series of recommendations designed to further
help mitigate these threats, drive up cyber resiliency and aid recovery plans should
they be required. It argues that complete engagement and partnership with private
sector owner–operators of Critical National Infrastructure are vital to the success
of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy. It makes the case that for
cyber resiliency to be fully effective, action is needed at national and global levels
requiring states and private industry better to comprehend the threat environment
and the risks facing Critical National Infrastructure from cyber attacks and those
responsible for them. These are problems for all developed and developing states.