In line with the government’s commitments in its 2022 National Cyber Strategy, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) launched a consultation on 19 January 2022 outlining its proposals for new measures to strengthen the cyber security of businesses in the UK.

The UK government acknowledges that a new legal framework needs to be introduced in order to increase data security standards across many UK industries. In particular, the UK government identifies the increasing reliance on centralised, outsourced IT services as being notably problematic, citing that it creates a single point of failure which can be exploited by cybercriminals and hostile states to affect a large number of businesses using a single coordinated attack.

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