Govt warns essential services operators to set up robust cyber defences or pay huge fines

Organisations delivering essential services in the UK have been warned by the government that if they fail to protect their IT systems because of poor cyber security practices, they will attract fines of up to £17 million.

Organisations delivering essential services like energy, transport, water and health have been asked to implement the most robust safeguards to guard against future cyber attacks.

In a press release, the government today announced that it will appoint new regulators to assess critical industries 'to make sure plans are as robust as possible'. The government's decision comes not long after Ciaran Martin, the chief of the National Cyber Security Centre, said that it is only a matter of time before a catastrophic cyber-attack is launched on the UK's critical infrastructure or election setup.