The invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on our need to strengthen cybersecurity. I have written to the Prime Minister to enquire as to what progress has been made in reviewing the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
Following my question to the Home Office last week, I was pleased to meet with Home Secretary Priti Patel to discuss plans to bolster our national cyber-defence.
I asked the Minister for Security and Borders if he agreed with me that now is the ideal time to review and reform the 32-year old Computer Misuse Act 1990. These reforms have been recommended by the ISC’s Russia report and will go a long way in boosting our national cyber-defence.
With an impending threat from Russia, as I have recently raised, upgrading our cyber defences is crucial in making the UK safer and more secure from hostile state cyber-attacks.
Kremlin-backed hackers have long been using Ukraine as a Petri dish for cyberwar experiments. Now, as tensions on the borders are escalating, we must prepare not just for a military incursion, but for a whole new form of hybrid warfare.