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The British government has rejected Parliamentary calls for greater ministerial control over the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an arm of secretive spy agency GCHQ.
In addition, the government affirmed that it will actively try to remain a part of the EU's Networks and Information Systems Co-operation Group, as well as its "associated work streams, and with the network of Computer Security Incident Response Teams" after Britain leaves the EU, which is currently set for the end of this month.
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The news will come as a relief to those who believe British national security is under threat if EU sources of cybersecurity information are closed off to the UK after Brexit.
In its response to a House of Commons report (PDF) about the security of UK critical national infrastructure (CNI), the government said that the current oversight setup for the NCSC, where it answers to the Foreign Secretary via a long chain of officials and ministers, is "the most effective way of achieving our vision of cyber security as a core, embedded part of Government policy for every CNI sector".
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Parliament's Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy had previously criticised the government for not having a Cabinet Office minister dedicated to overseeing the NCSC, as well as Britain's CNI infosec improvement efforts.
The government also refused, in its response to Parliament published yesterday, to produce annual reports into how the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) was being delivered....
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