MPs call for a cyber security minister to defend critical infrastructure
A parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom has urged the government to appoint a dedicated cyber security minister to help protect the country’s critical national infrastructure (CNI).
The joint committee on national security strategy warned that the current level of ministerial oversight was “wholly inadequate”.
It argued that the establishment of an identifiable political leader at the centre of government was required to drive change consistently across the different departments and the various CNI sectors involved.
“Unless this is addressed, the government’s efforts will likely remain long on aspiration and short on delivery,” read the committee’s report.
“We therefore urge the government to appoint a single Cabinet Office Minister who is charged with delivering improved cyber resilience across the UK’s critical national infrastructure.”
This minister would be tasked with assembling the necessary public and private sector resources and executing the measures required to defend against significant cyber threats.