encrypt lock

Remix via Max Fleishman (CC-BY-SA) Photo via Luke Jones / Flickr

Cybersecurity is taking high priority in the U.K.

The U.K. government's web presence is set to undergo a cybersecurity upgrade this year.

By October, all government websites will be required to use HTTPS encryption with HSTS (Strict Transport Security) to protect against downgrade attacks that would bypass HTTPS.

HTTPS is a powerful tool that protects much of the information being traded between a person and the website they visit.

HTTPS encrypts a visitor's connection to a website so that eavesdroppers can't easily spy on her internet traffic, authenticates the website so she can be sure she is visiting the real site and not an imposter, and verifies the integrity of the website's data.

For important websites, like those of government and businesses, HTTPS is increasingly the norm because normal HTTP websites can be spied on, modified, and impersonated.

The U.K. government is also pushing adoption of DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) to prevent use of a government domain by hackers aiming to phish victims using a trusted domain.

American government websites pushed to adopt HTTPS last year following the hack of the Office of Personnel Management, the largest breach in U.S. government history

The deadline for every U.S. government website to move to an encrypted connection is Dec. 31, 2016 but there's a good chance the goal won't be reached by then.

A public dashboard created to monitor progress states that only 45 percent of federal websites use HTTPS and that fewer still enforce that connection or protect against downgrade attacks.

H/T Tom's Hardware

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
encryption
Russia lawmakers pass sweeping spying law that requires encryption backdoors, call surveillance
A massive surveillance bill is now on its way to becoming law in Russia. The "anti-terrorism" legislation includes a vast data-eavesdropping and -retention program so that telecom and internet companies have to record and store all customer communications for six months, potentially at a multitrillion-dollar cost.
From Our VICE Partners
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!