A “whole society approach” is needed to protect the UK during Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to a Government minister. 

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay is expected to urge consciousness and action while speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) CyberUK conference in Newport on Wednesday. 

He will warn one major Russian-based organised crime cyber group has been behind failed ransomware attempts in the UK to steal personal data in order to exchange it for a ransom payment, with 53 victim reports in the past year.

Mr Barclay, the minister responsible for cyber security, is due to say: “It is vital that we adopt a ‘whole of society’ approach to cyber security.

“It’s a job for us all. Preserving our core values of democracy and free speech while keeping people safe online – as we are doing through our Online Safety Bill – depends on the UK having robust cyber defences.

“We will achieve these by harnessing our collective strengths and acting as one. It is for this reason that our National Cyber Strategy treats the cyber domain no longer as a niche concern simply for the IT team – but as a wide-ranging grand initiative.

“Responsible, durable, effective cyber power cannot be achieved by government alone; we want to see industry, universities, schools, and individual citizens getting involved.”

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