The UK Government will provide a £15 million package to support Commonwealth countries over the next three years in the face of the growing cyber-attacks globally.
UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, has devolved funds to boost Commonwealth nations’ resilience to rising threats in cyberspace, empowering the bloc to defend themselves.
According to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, cyber is among the top security challenges that Commonwealth countries face today, with 87 per cent of organisations having experienced an attempt to exploit their existing vulnerabilities in cyberspace.
The UK’s renewed package of cyber support for the Commonwealth will involve sharing cyber deterrence expertise, building insights into understanding threats, assessing capability and governing effectively to enable agile responses.
“In an increasingly geopolitical world the Commonwealth is a vital and expanding alliance united behind values of democracy, human rights and sovereignty,” said Secretary Truss.
“The Commonwealth are collectively taking action to bolster our resilience and security, including in cyberspace, to stand up against autocratic regimes that challenge our freedoms.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a stark warning to us all that our sovereignty and security is increasingly under threat around the world and in cyberspace.”
Projects with Commonwealth countries will work to empower smaller states and a Commonwealth Cyber Governance network will bring together experts from across the organisation.
Most recently, the UK Government committed £217 million for three major education projects across Commonwealth countries to foster equality in accessing school systems.