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Defence: Internet

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget for cyber defence was in each of the last three years. (269922)

The responsibility for managing and operating our systems is delegated to different bodies within the Department, which are required to protect the networks in accordance with policy and known threats. The budget information for these responsibilities is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the Government has signed bilateral agreements on cyber warfare and terrorism in the last three years. (269923)

The MOD has not signed any bilateral agreements that cover cyber warfare and terrorism in the last three years. The Department does routinely co-operate at various levels with a number of different countries both bilaterally and multilaterally on matters involving information assurance and computer network defence which would encompass responses to cyber warfare and terrorism.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on cyber security. (270025)

The communiqué adopted by heads of state and governments at the NATO 60th Anniversary Summit at Strasbourg/Kehl on 3-4 April highlighted that NATO has recently agreed its policy on cyber defence, established a cyber defence management authority and improved its computer incident response capability.

The UK MOD is represented at various NATO cyber defence symposiums and workshops throughout the year. These meetings include the annual NATO Information Assurance Symposium and NATO cyber defence workshops. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Hutton) and his ministerial counterparts are briefed on these matters as required.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the work of the different Government Departments that deal with cyber warfare. (270095)

There are a number of existing mechanisms for co-ordinating the Government's approach to conflict issues, and many of these mechanisms are appropriate for dealing with related activities in the cyber domain. The UK's overall approach to cyber security is currently the focus of a cross-departmental project led by the Cabinet Office, in which the MOD is closely involved.