Government to unveil internet defence plans

Thursday, 19 June 2003, 9:41 AM EST

The government is to seek industry advice on how to secure internet infrastructure in the face of terrorist threats, as part of measures to update its contingency planning released today.

The Civil Contingencies Bill, which has been published in draft format, is intended to provide a modern framework for protecting critical parts of the UK's infrastructure - including electronic networks, as well as water and electricity systems - from attack.

As part of its proposals, the government will ask industry experts how to ensure that vital communication networks cannot be brought down.

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