Govt Highlights Security Risks In Telecoms

The telecoms sector is growing all the time, with new technologies being developed to improve connectivity throughout the country.

However, this brings with it the increased risk in security, according to the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Jeremy Wright.

He recently released an oral statement regarding a Review he commissioned about the UK Telecoms Supply Chain, which includes industry, government, and international partners, as well as the National Cyber Security Centre.

The findings revealed existing arrangements have not provided any incentives to improve cyber security risk management; that regulation regarding enforcing cyber security needs to be strengthened to have any effect; and the lack of options in the telecoms supply chain jeopardises security.

Mr Wright stated the lack of diversity “creates the possibility of national dependence on single suppliers, which poses a range of risks to the security and resilience of UK telecoms networks”.

The Review concluded that the current protections are “unlikely to be adequate to address the identified security risks”.

Therefore, it recommends establishing a new security framework for the industry based on requirements for telecoms operators, and monitored by both Ofcom and the government.

Ofcom will also be given stronger powers to enforce this legislation. Prior to this, it will work with telecoms operators to encourage them to voluntarily adhere to the requirements.

This follows the news that 32 per cent of UK businesses have experienced cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months, costing them an average of £4,180 over the year, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019.  

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