UK government enforces minimum standards for cyber security

Government departments have autonomy in how they comply with the new rules

Tom Allen

The UK government has published its first attempt at setting a minimum cyber security standard for public sector organisations: the inventively-named Minimum Cyber Security Standard (MCSS), which will be incorporated into the Government Functional Standard for Security.

All government departments (including ‘organisations, agencies, Arm’s Length Bodies and contractors’) are required to follow and preferably exceed the MCSS. The standard will be updated over time to continually raise these bodies’ levels of cyber-preparedness.

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