Recently, at CyberUK 2024, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) made announcements on cyber resilience and cyber skills: included in these announcements were calls for views on two new codes of practice for software security and the cyber security of AI, and a call for views on the future of the CyberFirst scheme.

They are keen to hear your views on these, which you can submit through the surveys linked below.

Cyber security of AI

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our daily lives and, as the technology evolves, it is crucial we ensure cyber security is a key underpinning of AI safety. DSIT has set out specific interventions to help secure AI, including a new Code of Practice for the cyber security of AI.

Please respond to the call for views by 10 July. 

DSIT has also published a number of research reports on AI cyber security to support this work

Code of practice for software vendors 

DSIT is working to improve the resilience and security of software to strengthen digital supply chains. We have published a voluntary Code of Practice for Software Vendors which sets out the security and resilience measures which should be expected of organisations which develop or sell software. We are seeking feedback on the proposed design of the code, and input on how it should be implemented. 

Please respond to the call for views by 10 July. 

The future of the CyberFirst scheme 

DSIT has launched a consultation on scaling up the impact of the successful CyberFirst scheme, which has helped improve the cyber and tech skills of 260,000 students across 2,500 schools. The call for views asks for input on the future direction of the scheme and the creation of a new organisation to take over delivery of CyberFirst.  

Please respond to the call for views by 14 June. 

For further cyber security related information DSIT has also published new figures showing growth in the UK cyber security sector, a statement detailing how the public & private sectors will use cyber security professional titles, and new research on the CHERI microprocessor technology or “magic chip,” which helps prevent up to 70% of cyber attacks.

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