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DCMS examines security for connected places


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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is examining relevant guidance and planning a survey as part of the effort to strengthen the cyber security element of connected places.

Its director of cyber security and digital identity, Erica Lewis, has outlined the moves in a blogpost for the Connected Places Catapult.

She said DCMS is aiming to map the wide range of guidance and regulation that applies to connected places in the UK, as existing regulations are often seen as complex.

“Through this work we want to both identify whether there are any gaps that need to be addressed, and if there is more work to be done to provide clearer support to both suppliers and buyers,” she said.

This is accompanied by the plan to carry out a UK-wide survey on the current approaches towards security and risk management of connected places, and to explore the data practices.

Supplier engagement

In addition, DCMS is engaging with suppliers of the relevant technologies to promote cyber security and resilience.

Lewis said this follows the creation of a collection of existing guidance on GOV.UK, an analysis of the supplier market, and building international links to explore best practice.

“All of these activities have fed into our growing evidence base, giving us the tools and knowledge we require to make informed decisions and plan our future work to unleash, safely and securely, the power of these transformational technologies in places across the UK,” she said.

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