In her first speech as chief executive of the new National Cyber Security Centre Lindy Cameron has paid tribute to the bold decision to create a public-facing cyber security organisation within GCHQ.

The virtual speech to an audience at Queen’s University, Belfast, saw Lindy Cameron outline why she thinks all of the UK has a role to play in making the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

During the speech, she suggested that “basic cyber hygiene” is as important a life skill as knowing how to wire a plug – and that digital literacy is as non-negotiable in boardrooms as financial literacy.

Cameron said:

“The cyber security landscape we see now in the UK reflects huge progress and relative strength – but it is not a position we can be complacent about. Cyber security is still not taken as seriously as it should be, and simply is not embedded in UK boardrooms.

The pace of change is no excuse – in boardrooms, digital literacy is as non-negotiable as financial or legal literacy. Our CEOs should be as close to their CISO as their Finance Director and General Counsel. And we want to help them to develop this knowledge, as we’re all too aware that cyber skills are not yet fundamental to our education – even though these are life skills like wiring a plug or changing a tyre as well as skills for the future digital economy.”

The NCSC’s CEO also cited examples like recent ransomware cases and the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange compromises as showing the real danger the UK faces – and how she envisions the NCSC helping to further increase the UK’s cyber resilience.

She also set out her vision of how the NCSC can help to further increase the UK’s cyber resilience and usher in a new era of technological ambition, agility and internationalism to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

Lindy Cameron went on to outline that key priorities for the NCSC included ensuring that;

  • critical infrastructure is made as hard a target as possible for those that might seek to disrupt it
  • the ever-increasing amounts of data generated and processed are properly protected – and privacy is appropriately managed
  • the next generation of commodity technologies don’t repeat the security mistakes of the past
  • future generations are better equipped to deal with this complexity than any of their predecessors

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George Royce
George Royce
21 days ago

deja vu

Ian M.
Ian M.
21 days ago

For “Cyber Hygiene” do you use virtual soap?

Andy P
Andy P
21 days ago
Reply to  Ian M.

Guess its like a lot of aspects of ‘online life’, I always make sure I do my ‘desktop dusting’ when it comes to my browser history….. Lets just say I’m not sure my missus would be as fascinated as I am about the things your can fit in a midget. For example…. 😉

Ian M
Ian M
21 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Two people and a couple of small bags?

dan
dan
21 days ago

Everyone knows China is the worst offender by a mile yet the only person to ever punish the Chicoms was Trump and he’s been replaced by China Joe that ignores their hacking just like Boris and the EU. Ugh

captain p wash
captain p wash
21 days ago

Can we see Lindy Cameron actually show us how to “Wire a Plug ” I’m guessing she at least knows the basics of what she is telling us all to do.

Damo
Damo
21 days ago

Some nonsense in there. Boardrooms of any mid size company pay serious money on cyber security. They know it’s critical to protect data, reputation and money. The Security Services get stuck in on infrastructure stuff too. They’ve tested all smart meters as a example to ensure the grid etc can’t be hacked