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Jersey Launches Cyber Security Strategy

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
20 February, 2017

Jersey has released its first island-wide cyber security strategy for consultation, which runs until March 29, 2017.

The consultation document looks at whether the Jersey Government's approach to protecting the island's cyberspace is sound, fit for purpose, and ultimately enhances the island's reputation as an attractive place to do business.

Key areas of focus include: securing government information; strengthening the cyber resilience of critical national infrastructure; encouraging improved cyber security across the island's businesses; ensuring appropriate legislation is in place on-island and engaging with the international community to enhance cooperation; and raising public awareness of the importance of cyber security.

Jersey's Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, commenting on the strategy, said: "If Jersey is to continue to evolve as a competitive, future-focussed digital jurisdiction, then we will need to develop and adapt our cyber security approach. This must be done in a way that enables Jersey to benefit from emerging opportunities, such as considerations around data protection."

"We recognize that achieving absolute cyber security is not a reasonable goal for any jurisdiction. Therefore, we will direct our efforts wisely and protect the island's most important informational and infrastructure assets. This approach will enable us to ensure that Jersey remains a safe place in which to live and do business."

Gorst added: "Where appropriate, we will also seek to find joint solutions with Guernsey. Our jurisdictions share vital infrastructure, and in the weeks ahead I look forward to agreeing with my Guernsey counterpart a memorandum of understanding that will define the areas in which we can work together."

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