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THE UK GOVERNMENT has released a sort of wish list in which it describes its ideal relationship with internet service providers (ISPs).
The "Guiding Principles" are voluntary, and they proceed from a review of the cyber environment. The government said that they have been worked out with the support of industry, and added that they are "aspirational".
"The UK internet industry and government have co-developed a series of guiding principles to improve the online security of customers and limit the rise in cyber attacks; providing a best practice approach to better inform, educate and protect," it said in its wider report.
The separate Guiding Principles on Cyber Security is the government's voluntary wishlist, and it is available as a PDF. It is identified as information for both local governments and ISPs.
"While the internet offers considerable social and economic benefits by enabling open communication and open exchanges of information, there is a risk that our data and infrastructure could become compromised or damaged. The impact of this is already being felt, and will be felt even more as our reliance on the internet grows," it said.
"The Guiding Principles have been developed to respond to this challenge by providing a consistent and best practice approach to help inform, educate, and protect ISPs' customers from online threats. They are aspirational, developed and delivered as a partnership between Government and ISPs."
If inspired ISPs want to take this onboard they will be expected to raise customer awareness about security issues and provide those users with protection against cyber security threats. Reporting tools should also be made available.
For its part the government said it plans to commit to provide advice and resources to boost industry and educational security awareness. µ
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