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IoM Sets Up Cyber Security Unit

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
17 October, 2017

The Isle of Man's ongoing cyber security efforts received a boost last week with the launch of the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, or OCSIA.

OCSIA will work in partnership with private and third sector organizations. It will provide central policy advice, standards, direction, and support to allow all departments and statutory boards to both defend against cyber-crime and maximize the safe use of all the information they hold.

OCSIA will also be the force behind a major transformative program – the National Cyber Security and Information Assurance Program – designed to test, evaluate, and promote cyber security, cyber resilience, and information assurance for all of the Isle of Man. It will also coordinate the National Cyber Security Strategy, which will be published by the end of this year.

The island's Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, commented: "We all know that cyber-related incidents, including attacks on governments, businesses, and individuals, are an ever-increasing risk in the modern world. It is vital that we are able to effectively respond to these dangers and to do this we need appropriate resources, policies, and procedures. This is why the Council of Ministers issued a Policy Directive for the creation of OCSIA and why its success is so important. It will have the resources and the autonomy, as a discrete function within the Cabinet Office, to put its plans into action, and to do so quickly."

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