Policy paper

Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

A joint communique from ministers, senior officials and regulators sets out steps to address cyber security challenges for essential services.


The communique outlines steps that government and regulators agree to undertake, such as:

  • exercises to test procedures and resilience (similar to the Waking Shark I and II exercises conducted by the financial sector)
  • the adoption of security standards and auditing against best practice such as Ten Steps to Cyber Security
  • information sharing through initiatives such as the CISP (Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership)