DCMS Consultation: Security of Network and Information Systems

The Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport has launched a consultation on proposals affecting security of network and information systems, including implementation of the NIS Directive

 In ‘Security of Network and Information Systems: Public Consultation’, the DCMS asks for views on a wide-ranging set of proposals which principally focus on the implementation of the EU NIS Directive. The consultation period concludes on 30 September 2017. The DCMS aims to seek views from industry, regulators and other interested parties on the Government’s plans to transpose the Directive into UK legislation. It sets out the Government’s proposed transposition approach and asks a series of questions on a range of detailed policy issues relating to transposition.

There is to be a meeting to formulate the SCL response to the DCMS Consultation on Security of Network and Information Systems on 13 September and members unable to attend are encouraged to send in any written comments as soon as possible to the SCL team who will collate them for discussion.

There are clear links to the National Cybersecurity Strategy published in 2016.

Highlighted matters include the suggestion that organisations who fail to implement effective cybersecurity measures could be fined as much as £17 million or 4% of global turnover. Views are sought, in particular, on:

  • the essential services the directive needs to cover
  • penalties
  • the competent authorities to regulate and audit specific sectors
  • security measures imposed
  • timelines for incident reporting#.

Published: 2017-08-08T10:00:00

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