The UK Department for Science [3], Innovation and Technology (DSIT) is working in collaboration with industry experts and the National Cyber Security Centre to develop a Cybersecurity Governance Code of Practice for 2024.


This Code aims to enhance cyber resilience and align with the UK’s National Cybersecurity Strategy [3], providing guidance for organizations across sectors [3]. It is based on five key principles: risk management [3], cyber strategy [3], people [3], incident planning and response [3], and assurance and oversight [3]. Practical actions corresponding to each principle will be included in the document [3], with specific elements [3], indicators of success [3], and essential activities outlined [3]. The Code is designed to help senior business leaders understand good governance practices in the face of complex regulations [1], with a focus on directors taking ownership of fundamental actions in a simple and accessible format for organizations of all sizes. DSIT is seeking feedback on the Code’s design and implementation barriers [3], with a planned launch later in 2024 [3]. Feedback on the Code is open until 19 March 2024 [1]. Additionally, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) emphasizes the crucial role of boardrooms in managing cyber-risk and is set to launch a Cyber Governance Training Pack for Boards [2]. This initiative aligns with the proposed Cyber Governance Code of Practice by DSIT [2], which is open for public feedback [2]. NCSC Director of Operations [2], Paul Chichester [2], highlights the importance of boards staying informed about cyber threats and suggests consulting open-source information and engaging with industry peers to foster a culture of cyber-awareness and proactive risk management [2], contributing significantly to safeguarding organizations against cyber threats [2].


The Cybersecurity Governance Code of Practice for 2024 [3], along with the Cyber Governance Training Pack for Boards [2], will play a crucial role in enhancing cyber resilience and promoting good governance practices in organizations. By providing guidance and practical actions, these initiatives aim to help organizations of all sizes effectively manage cyber risks and stay ahead of potential threats. The collaboration between DSIT, industry experts [1] [2], and the NCSC underscores the importance of proactive risk management and continuous improvement in cybersecurity practices. This collective effort will contribute to safeguarding organizations against cyber threats and ensuring a secure digital environment for all stakeholders.