UK regulators set out cross-sector infrastructure emergency plan

The UK Regulators Network (UKRN) has set out how it will respond to emergency situations that affect more than one regulated sector, such as a storm that knocks out energy, water, rail and telecomes networks. The plan, published today, sets out a pre-arranged communications process, which any individual regulator can invoke ”in the event that a major incident impacts multiple infrastructure sectors”.

In a report on the network’s work on building cross-sector resilience, also published today, UKRN said it had assessed preparedness for cyber-attacks within the regulated sectors. it said: ”We will continue to work individually with Government, its relevant agencies, and the newly announced National Cyber Centre, which is expected to take a coordinating role. We do not believe additional UKRN-coordinated activity is required at this time.”

UKRN is a network formed by the UK’s economic regulators, including Ofgem, Ofwat and Ofcom.

Read more: Cross-Regulator Emergency Plan and Cross Sector Resilience Phase 2 report

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