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Cyber defence legislation consultation launched

Cyber defence legislation consultation launched

Wednesday 06 March 2024

Cyber defence legislation consultation launched

Wednesday 06 March 2024


A two-week consultation on legislation designed to help Jersey defend against cyber attacks has been opened.

Interested islanders, organisations and stakeholders are being asked to give their feedback on a draft law outlining several changes relating to Jersey's Cyber Security Centre, which was established by the Council of Ministers in 2021 and currently operates within the Economy Department.

So what are the changes?

Under the new law, the JCSC would be established as an independent advisory and emergency response body operating at arm’s length from regulators, law enforcement officers and government.

It would also become a grant-funded body and be required to produce an annual report and strategic plan, available to the public.

Additionally, the law would require Operators of Essential Services (OES) to take appropriate steps to improve and secure their cybersecurity, and notify their customers and JCSC if they experience a significant cyber incident.

An OES is defined as "any service which is essential for the infrastructure of Jersey or the maintenance of critical societal or economic activities in Jersey".

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Pictured: Under the new law, the JCSC would become an independent advisory and emergency response body operating at arm's length from government.

JCSC Director Matt Palmer said: “Over the last year, we have worked with the Legislative Drafting Office (LDO) to develop a Law that provides the appropriate balance of autonomy and accountability."

He continued: “The consultation in 2022 and 2023 invited views on the principles of the Law: this consultation invites affected organisations and members of the public to provide their views on the substance of the Law.

"I would welcome any organisations or individuals who work – or are interested – in this area to respond to the consultation before Tuesday 19 March, or attend one of the briefings this week.”

HAVE YOUR SAY...

 The consultation can be found HERE.

As well as the consultation, a number of briefings are being held, the timings of which can be found here.

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