UK cyber support will help the Commonwealth stand up malign regimes - GOV.UK

UK cyber support will help the Commonwealth stand up malign regimes - GOV.UK

  • Foreign Secretary will announce £15m funding to help Commonwealth countries defend themselves against cyber-attacks.

  • Liz Truss will tell Foreign Ministers at a meeting in Rwanda today [24 June] that the Commonwealth has a vital role to play as a counterweight to malign actors.

  • Cyber a top security challenge for Commonwealth countries, with attacks in cyber-space and threats to sovereignty and freedom on the rise across the world.

  • The UK is providing a £15 million package of support to Commonwealth countries over the next three years in the face of the growing threat from cyber-attacks.

    The Foreign Secretary hopes to boost Commonwealth nations’ resilience to rising threats in cyberspace, empowering the bloc to defend themselves.

    Cyber is among the top security challenges that Commonwealth countries face today, with 87% of organisations having experienced an attempt to exploit their existing vulnerabilities in cyberspace.

    The Foreign Secretary will tell Foreign Ministers during a meeting today at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda that an expanded Commonwealth, united behind its shared values is a vital counterweight to the growing threat of malign activity.

    She will say that alongside other networks like the G7 and NATO, the Commonwealth can and should play a vital role in challenging autocratic regimes and advancing freedoms around the world.

    The UK’s renewed package of cyber support for the Commonwealth will involve sharing cyber deterrence expertise, building insights into understanding threats, assessing capability and governing effectively to enable agile responses.

    And it will support the voices of smaller countries to ensure that we are, collectively, able to stand up as a powerful voice behind our shared values of sovereignty, democracy and good governance in cyber ..

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