By Lewis Page
18th October 2010
The Coalition government sought today to suggest that the savings
package for the national-security sector is all part of a joined-up plan
or strategy, which will feature a 'transformative' cyber security force
or capability of some type.
This was done by issuing a document today entitled A Strong Britain in
an Age of Uncertainty: The National Security Strategy, which can be
downloaded in pdf here.
In it, the government sets out its view that the four biggest threats to
the UK (rated as 'Tier 1' threats under the newly-developed National
Security rRisk Assessment method) are as follows:
1. Terrorism - including WMD attacks;
2. A cyber attack;
3. A massive accident or natural disaster; and
4. An international military crisis which draws in the UK.
Other kinds of risks (satellite disruption, increases in organised crime
etc) are merely Tier 2 or 3. This risk assessment will be updated every
two years from now on until some future government replaces it with some
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