The UK government will formulate new telecom security rules or laws

As the threat of cyber attacks continues to grow, the UK government has decided to require broadband and mobile companies to follow several security guidelines to protect their networks. Under the new rules, the companies must protect the data transmitted over their networks and services, and ensure that the functions that make the networks operate and manage are secure. In addition, companies must protect any software or equipment used to analyze their networks and services in order to respond in the event of any abnormality.

The guidance also states that companies should be aware of the risks to their networks and be able to identify odd activity and report regularly to internal boards. Finally, the UK government says these companies should consider supply chain risks and control who has access to and changes to the operation of networks and services.

Matt Warman, UK minister for digital infrastructure, said:

"We know how devastating a cyberattack on critical infrastructure can be, with broadband and mobile networks at the heart of our way of life.

We are strengthening the protection of these vital networks by introducing one of the toughest telecommunications security mechanisms in the world to protect our communications from current and future threats. "

The UK government plans to soon incorporate these measures into law along with a code of conduct. Once they become law, Ofcom will have the power to inspect premises and systems to ensure they meet standards. If they fail to meet their obligations, companies will be fined up to 10% of their turnover or £100,000 per day if they continue to ignore the rules.

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