Infrastructure giants warned

Infrastructure giants warned: Be ready for cyber attacks or face fines

Britain’s energy, water and transport companies have been ordered to strengthen their cyber defences or risk fines amid growing fears that Russian hackers are planning an attack on critical infrstructure.

 

Companies dealing with infrastructure that have failed to prepare for assaults will be penalised in the event of an attack, the Government has announced. Offenders face fines of up to £17m for weak defences or failing to notify regulators about cyber attacks.

The new measures will cover electricity, oil and gas companies, water suppliers, healthcare, air, sea, road and rail transport, telecoms groups, and digital companies such as cloud ­service providers.

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