The UK's computing infrastructure is potentially vulnerable to backdoor attacks, both by hostile states and possibly by non-state actors such as terrorist groups. We would argue that the threat is both large and increasing, and hard to counter.
To ensure that the UK is as ready to deal with any concerted attacks on its infrastructure and information systems it is critical that there is funding for research into the threats we face and how to counter them.
We support the development of an offensive cyber-warfare capability to ensure that we are capable of operating effectively in the event of a conflict.
Given the grave threat that the abuse or misuse of an offensive cyber-warfare capability, including our own, might pose to the UK, we will ensure that there is full transparency of the principles employed in both offensive and defensive cyber-warfare capabilities and spending. We will ensure that there is legislation to prevent the use of military cyber-warfare related equipment or techniques by the government within the UK or against British nationals overseas.