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Oscar Williams

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Brexit White Paper unveils plans to strengthen cyber security ties with the EU

The UK has set out plans to pursue a closer working relationship with the EU on cyber security issues after Brexit.

The Brexit White Paper outlines the goverment’s desire to maintain relationships between NCSC, NCA and their European counterparts, while strengthening ties to other EU security groups.

“The UK proposes going further through close collaboration between the UK and the Network and Information Security Cooperation Group, Computer Security Incident Response Team Network and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security,” it states.

The paper also calls for a regular strategic dialogue on security to promote “shared values and beliefs that existing international law applies to cyber space”.

David Lidington, the minister for the Cabinet Office, told MPs last month that the EU would be putting its citizens at risk if it refused to cooperate with the UK on cyber security.

There are doctrinal issues with the EU institutions which we hope we will be able to find a way to overcome,” he told the parliamentary Joint Committee on National Cyber Security Strategy. “Otherwise it amounts to a deliberate decision by the EU negotiators to put EU citizens at greater risk than they are at the moment.”

The government hopes that its decision to incorporate the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and Network and Information Systems Directive into UK law will pave the way for continued security cooperation.

Dr Jamie Graves, the CEO and founder of cyber security scaleup ZoneFox, said it is crucial that the UK maintains close ties to EU security agencies.

“At a time of political uncertainty across the globe, sharing information among nations is vital to help mitigate the risks posed by both nation-state actors and everyday cyber criminals,” he told NS Tech. “Knowledge is power, and so it would be foolish for the UK not to contribute to Europe’s wider culture of security.”