The UK government is seeking input on enhancing the security and resilience of the nation’s data centres and online cloud platforms. Views are sought on tools and strategies for protecting data storage and processing infrastructure as well as cloud services which provide remote, shareable computing via the internet. Proposals will also help to support small businesses that use cloud platforms as a cheaper, more efficient way to access essential IT services, shielding this infrastructure against disruption. The work is part of the government’s National Data Strategy and National Cyber Strategy to ensure the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies.
Addressing security and resilience in UK data centres, cloud platforms
The UK government has invited contributions from data centre operators, cloud platform providers, data centre customers, security and equipment suppliers, and cybersecurity experts to understand the risks data storage and processing services face. Its aim is to establish steps to address security and resilience vulnerabilities. The call also asks companies which run, purchase, or rent any element of a data centre to provide details of the types of customers they serve.
Based on feedback, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will decide whether any additional government support or management is needed to minimise the risks that data storage and processing infrastructure face. New protections would build on existing safeguards for data infrastructure, including the Networks and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations 2018 which cover cloud computing services, a DCMS press release stated.
Data Minister Julia Lopez commented, “Data centres and cloud platforms are a core part of our national infrastructure. They power the technology which makes our everyday lives easier and delivers essential services like banking and energy. We legislated to better protect our telecoms networks and the internet-connected devices in our homes from cyberattacks and we are now looking at new ways to boost the security of our data infrastructure to prevent sensitive data ending up in the wrong hands.”
Data centres, cloud platforms underpin UK data infrastructure
Data centres and cloud platforms are integral to the UK’s data infrastructure, underpinning the digital technologies and services upon which all citizens and organisations increasingly rely, said techUK’s CEO Julian David. “The technology sector already plays an important role in strengthening resilience across the UK economy and techUK welcomes the opportunity to engage with government on these significant issues. One particular focus will be how these proposals will align with wider efforts to strengthen resilience across sectors as well as the wider ambitions outlined in the UK’s National Cyber Strategy – which is a continuation of UK government’s longstanding leadership in cybersecurity.” The call for views closes on July 24, 2022.