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National Security Strategy

Volume 712: debated on Monday 5 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration was given to the threat to the critical national infrastructure of a high-intensity electromagnetic pulse, produced by malign intent or as a result of solar activity, in preparing the National Security Strategy. [HL4906]

The Government’s updated National Security Strategy takes into account the threat posed to UK interests, including the critical national infrastructure, by the full range of “threat actors”, a definition that includes natural hazards, as well as individuals or organisations with malign intent. The associated Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, published alongside and reflected in the National Security Strategy update, considers a number of methods of cyber attack, including those that generate high levels of power that can damage or disrupt unprotected electronics.

In addition, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) provides advice on electronic or cyber protective security measures to the businesses and organisations that comprise the UK’s critical national infrastructure, including public utilities companies and banks. CPNI also runs a CERT service which responds to reported attacks on private sector networks.