Legislation to combat the hackers
Organisations are now required by law to guard against cyberattacks in a bid to protect essential services. Raconteur investigates:
In January, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the government organisation tasked with shoring up the country’s digital defences, distributed instructive documents designed to explain the NIS.
According to the guidance: “Network and information systems, and the essential services they support, play a vital role in society, from ensuring the supply of energy and water, to the provision of healthcare and passenger and freight transport. Their reliability and security are essential to everyday activities.”
Nik Whitfield, chief executive of Panaseer, a London-based organisation that claims to monitor some of the world’s most prominent companies’ technology estates, says: “The NIS Directive is so important because you are only as safe as your weakest link. Events such as the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, the 2016 attacks on United States water utilities and the 2015 attack on Ukraine’s electricity network clearly highlight the impact that cybersecurity incidents can have on the economy, a society and an individual’s welfare.”
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