"The UK's internet infrastructure is better prepared to withstand attack or natural disasters than many European nations', a Lords committee has found."
Didn't some ponce once claim the national grid was unhackable... and days later it was hacked? Spouting balls like this is just begging somebody to "make a point".
"The interconnections between national internet infrastructures however mean the UK could benefit from improvements overseas,"
Yeah, and a lot of us overseas could benefit from the UK not being slow-as-treacle.
"the UK government was ahead of EU nations in guarding against cyber attacks."
Which UK government put its citizens online safety first and advised them to dump IE (any version)? Hello? Anybody there?
I guess if you compare UK with, I dunno, is Moldova in the EU now?, then you might have a point. But no. Estonia and, um, Finland I think, have decided that high speed internet access should be a fundamental right. The UK, meanwhile, has MEPs voting AGAINST calls to make the ACTA discussions open.
"Our witnesses generally thought the United Kingdom had sophisticated defences compared to most other states."
This is VERY telling. Their witnesses "generally thought"... I generally think the current MPs are a bunch of freeloading tossers and I generally think that Blair/Labour did sell peerages because the freeloading purchased-peers want to undermine the House of Lords, thus permitting reason for it to be dissolved to provide the MPs with more absolute power. But, hey, who gives a flying **** what I or anybody else *thinks*? When discussing something like this, or how ready the UK is for online invasions, cold hard FACTS tend to be of much greater value, i.e. how many people have been paid to white-hat various important systems? Not "ooh, it's safe" from the inside, but (sanctioned) attempted hack from the outside. Because if you don't test your own defences, it won't take long for the Chinese to offer to do it for you... just ask America. :-)
Still... "The UK is safe, blah-de-blah, we can't be hacked, blah-de-blah, aren't we wonderful". This has "Pending Epic Fail" written all over it, so if El Reg returns a "server can't be found" message soon, I'll know why.