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DSIT updates Secure Connected Places Playbook


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has published an updated version of its Secure Connected Places Playbook, saying it has involved contributions from 17 local authorities.

The new beta version provides advice on cyber security in deploying technology for purposes such as flood prevention, managing smart energy systems, and temperature and moisture sensors in public housing.

It builds on advice published last by DSIT and expands resources on cyber security governance, risk management, procurement and supply chain security.

Measures included in the guidance range from detailed help on how to evaluate suppliers based on their cyber security practices, including sample questions to ask them, to extra information on how to encourage a strong cyber security mindset in an organisation that deals with connected places.

Opportunities with risks

Minister for Cyber, AI, and Intellectual Property Viscount Camrose, said: “Digital innovation can unlock endless avenues in our cities and towns, from higher earning employment opportunities and safer infrastructure to better travel experiences.

“But we know that these transformative opportunities don’t come without risks of cyber threat. This is why we are taking world-first actions to equip local authorities with all the necessary tools to foster secure and sustainable growth in their communities, empowering them to realise the full potential technologies can offer.”

The local authorities involved in updating the guidance were Bradford, Dorset, Coventry, Kensington and Chelsea, Merthyr Tydfil, Newry, Mourne and Down, Newcastle, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Sefton, Sheffield, Staffordshire, Sunderland, Westminster the South London Partnership, and the combined authorities for Tees Valley and West of England.

DSIT said this will feed into the Government’s National Cyber Strategy.

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