All government departments and some bodies are to have their cybersecurity postures reviewed under new, more stringent measures being put in place as part of a new security regime, known as GovAssure. Announced during the CyberUK conference this week, GovAssure will be run by the Cabinet Office\u2019s Government Security Group with support from the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).Under the new rules, all central government departments will have their cyber health reviewed annually, introducing several changes in the way government protects itself from cyberthreats.GovAssure will use the NCSC\u2019s Cyber Assessment FrameworkGovAssure will use the NCSC\u2019s Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) to review the assurance measures all government departments have, including measures such as setting out indicators of good practice for managing security risk and protecting against cyberattacks. Departments will also be assessed by third parties to increase standardisation and validate results, with centralised cybersecurity policy and guidance introduced to help government organisations identify best practice.\u201cThis is a transformative change in government cybersecurity,\u201d said UK government CSO Vincent Devine. \u201cGovAssure will give us far greater visibility of the common cybersecurity challenges facing government. It will set clear expectations for departments, empower hard-working cybersecurity professionals to strengthen the case for security change and investment, and will be a powerful tool for security advocacy.\u201dGovAssure delivers on a key part of the government\u2019s Cyber Security Strategy by improving cyber resilience.UK cybersecurity takes centre stage amid rising threatsUK cybersecurity has been high on the agenda at the CyberUK conference in Belfast this week. A number of security alerts have been published, including warnings about the threats posed by irresponsible use of commercial hacking tools and emerging Russian state-aligned groups targeting critical national infrastructure (CNI).NCSC CEO Lindy Cameron warned of the potential national cybersecurity risks posed by China\u2019s advancements in cyberspace, urging the western cybersecurity community to keep pace with China\u2019s developments. Meanwhile, UK security minister Tom Tugendhat highlighted three areas where enhanced government-industry collaboration is needed to improve the UK\u2019s cybersecurity posture for the future \u2013 threat prevention, bolstered defences, and new technology.