Policy paper

Cyber Security Incentives & Regulation Review: Call for Evidence

A Call for Evidence to help improve cyber security across the UK economy.



The Government is launching a Call for Evidence on improving cyber security across the economy.

You can read the news story here.

The Call for Evidence supports the Government’s Review of Cyber Security Incentives and Regulation, which is looking at how the Government can help organisations better protect themselves online.

The review will:

  • help to understand the barriers which prevent organisations from improving their cyber security
  • understand the effectiveness of existing interventions, including regulations like GDPR and the NIS Directive, and other guidance and support
  • develop a range of policy proposals to address any gaps.

We are encouraging industry and other stakeholders to respond to our Call for Evidence to help us understand the apparent lack of strong commercial rationale for investment in cyber security. We would like to understand how using market levers could incentivise better cyber security risk management, including what Government action would help key industry groups that manage market risk - such as investors, the insurance industry, consultancies, and audit firms - drive improvements across the economy.

We would like evidence on how we can help industry better manage cyber risk, e.g. by providing better information on how secure organisations are, or greater information sharing on the cost and likelihood of cyber attacks.

This work supports the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021, which is backed by £1.9 billion investment and is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

The Call for Evidence runs from 4 November 2019 until Friday 20 December 2019.

You can respond to the online survey here.

You can also send comments and documents via email to cyber-review@culture.gov.uk or post them to:

Cyber Review - room 4/47
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street

Please respond by 23:59 on Friday 20 December 2019.

Published 4 November 2019