Cloud computing: Now as vital as power, transport and fresh water?

Under the European Union’s Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive, businesses that provide essential services will have to make sure their security is good enough to protect their network and information systems from attack, as well as having to notify the relevant authorities of serious incidents. The regulations apply to critical national infrastructure — those basic services without which society will gradually grind to a halt.

The most eye-catching feature of the guidance published by the UK government is the threat of fines — up to £17m — for companies that suffer a breach and are shown to have failed to have put effective cybersecurity measures in place. But perhaps more interesting is the recognition that cloud computing and other digital services are now considered essentials too.

That’s because directive also covers a number of digital services, and requires top level domain (TLD) name registries, domain name services (DNS) and internet exchange point (IXP) operators to comply.

Read more about the new UK cybersecurity regulations under which cloud computing, search engines, and the services that underpin the internet are to be considered to be part of the UK’s vital infrastructure, on ZDNet.

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