As part of the Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy to protect the UK in cyber space, the NIS Regulations, which came into force on 10 May 2018 provide legal measures to boost the overall level of security (both cyber and physical resilience) of network and information systems that are critical for the provision of digital services (online marketplaces, online search engines, cloud computing services) and essential services (transport, energy, water, health, and digital infrastructure services). Our NIS Directive Alignment Service is also a component of our broader Operational Technology Services capability.
The NIS Regulations establish multiple competent authorities which are responsible for the oversight and enforcement of the NIS Regulations in each sector or region covered by the NIS Regulations. The Government has published guidance for the Competent Authorities to help them carry out their functions under the NIS Regulations. The guidance can be found here.
Cyber incidents can result in a number of different consequences, depending on the nature of the computer systems targeted, and intention of the perpetrators. Circumstances in which the possible consequences of cyber incidents are extremely serious or even, perhaps, catastrophic generally require very robust levels of cyber security and resilience. It is for these circumstances that the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has developed the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) collection which is intended for use by organisations that are responsible for services and activities that are of vital importance to us all.
The organisations likely to find the Cyber Assessment Framework most useful fall into three broad categories, namely
Cyber Smart Associates are seeing an increase in demand from Operators of Essential Services, Digital Service Providers and Competent Authorities for guidance to avoid the maximum £17m fine for non-compliance. Our NIS Directive Alignment Service has been designed to help Ooganisations meet their NIS obligations, and comprises the following steps:
Please contact us for a confidential discussion about the challenges you’re facing and we’ll schedule a meeting to examine your NIS Directive Alignment requirements in more detail.
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