A range of mobile devices that are able to connect to the Internet

A range of mobile devices that are able to connect to the internet. Credit: Jeremy Keith via Flickr.

What is the Digital Age?

The web has revolutionised the way we live and work. In an increasingly connected world we can now video chat with friends on the other side of the world, shop from the comfort of our own beds and even control our central heating before we get home.

Information technology has developed rapidly and continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. Internet hotspots are popping up all over the country to allow people, and even household appliances, to connect to the web, creating an ‘Internet of Things’.

The Government’s Digital Strategy outlined plans for the Government to become ‘digital by default’, estimating savings of up to £1.8 billion a year by moving many government services online.

The surge of businesses and service providers making the leap to online is driving the UK’s digital economy to contribute between 10 and 14 per cent to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a greater proportion than any other country in the world.

In order for the UK to reap the benefits of the digital economy, we must first ensure that the infrastructure that underpins it is secure.

Our policy project on cybersecurity research focuses on two key questions:

  • What are the major cybersecurity research challenges emerging in the next 5 to 10 years?
  • What policy frameworks are needed in the UK to tackle these cybersecurity research challenges?

As we continue to gather evidence to answer these questions, we will be posting a series of blog posts exploring key policy questions about cybersecurity and the role of cybersecurity in people’s everyday lives as well as society as a whole.