The UK has a new Security Minister, Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, who takes up a non-cabinet post that gives her the job of shaking up the UK’s fragmented cybersecurity infrastructure.
Serving on the newly created National Security Council, Neville-Jones is considered highly-qualified despite being involved in some contentious events of recent times.
She served as BBC governor between 1998 and 2004 which involved her in the biggest journalistic controversy of Labour’s entire time in office, that of Andrew Gilligan’s BBC Radio 4 report anonymously citing Dr David Kelly's views of the now discredited government dossier justifying war with Iraq.
Between 2002 and 2005, she was chairman of UK government defence group, Qinetiq, parts of which were sold off for a controversially-low sum to US private equity firm Carlyle before its full privatisation in 2005.
In 2007 Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, appointed her to the post of Shadow Security Minister and National Security Adviser, the year in which she also entered the House of Lords.
Exactly how Neville-Jones will change current cyber-warfare policy is a matter of guesswork, but a shake-up looks certain, starting with the views expressed in the Conservative’s National Security Green Paper published earlier this year.
“We can’t go on like this. The UK needs to be able to detect and prevent attacks before they hit us. In other words, it needs a proactive and effective capability to respond to cyber attacks,” the report said.
For anyone with an interest in cyberwarfare, or UK national security generally, this document is probably now required reading.
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