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Guernsey and Jersey launch joint cyber security study


Added on 23/08/2018

(BLGlobal) -- The States of Guernsey and the government of Jersey have jointly commissioned a feasibility study to identify the best model for a cyber security incident response capability that will operate across both islands.

Jersey and Guernsey have both published cyber security strategies that identify the need for an incident response capability. This will help government, critical national infrastructure and local businesses to respond to significant cyber security incidents, and promote awareness across the islands. 

 The study is expected to deliver a final report by the end of the year, which will provide a detailed business case for the recommended model. A separate project to set up the preferred solution will begin in 2019.

Consultancy Atkins, which has been appointed to undertake the study, will conduct targeted stakeholder engagement sessions across the islands over the next three months. This will include interaction with government, national infrastructure organisations, business groups, regulators and cyber security experts.

The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “Since both islands published their cyber security strategies, we have worked to establish a close relationship with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre and launch a Channel Islands section of the UK’s Cyber Information Sharing Platform.”

Deputy Mary Lowe, President of the Committee for Home Affairs, States of Guernsey, added: “This is an excellent example of Guernsey and Jersey working together on issues where there are clear crossovers between the islands. Since the publication of our cyber strategy, we have worked with the National Cyber Security Centre to ensure that we can call on them for support if there is a major cyber-attack.”

Atkins will directly contact relevant stakeholders, but anyone who wishes to have their say can email cybersecurity@gov.je