Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used his keynote speech at Microsofts Future Decoded event to launch a new National Cyber Security Strategy and strike back against cyber criminals. Hammond said his three-pillar plan of Defend, Deter and Develop to protect the privacy of citizens, tackle online criminals and boost internet security skills would provide a "once in a lifetime opportunity to futureproof the economy of Britain".
The final pillar of the new strategy is ‘develop’. “We will develop the capabilities we need in our economy and society to keep pace with the threat in the future,” said the Chancellor.
Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators are ideally placed to watch out for those who are being left behind by the pace of technological growth. For instance many of our more vulnerable residents are unable to access services which are increasingly delivered online. It is unlikely that sufficient resources will be available from public services to deal with the rapidly developing threats from cyber criminals so we need to build community based resiliance by supporting increased understanding and awareness of the threats.