The BBC reported this week how the UK is being targeted by ‘dozens’ of serious cyber-attacks every single month.
The report said that Britain’s security has been threatened by almost 200 “high-level” cyber-attacks in just three months. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said that many of the attacks directly threatened national security. He claimed that attempts by Russian and Chinese state-sponsored hackers were being investigated, where attempts had been made to “extract information on UK government policy” in areas including energy and diplomacy.
The alleged hacks bear similarities to those on the US Democratic National Committee. They led to the publication of a series of leaked emails from Hillary Clinton before the US election. US authorities believe the attack was an attempt to interfere with the results of the presidential election. Chancellor Phillip Hammond said the NCSC has blocked nearly 35,000 “potential attacks” in the last six months – that is around 200 attempts per day.
National Cyber Security Centre
The new centre to protect the UK against cyber-attacks is being officially opened by the Queen later today. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is intended to improve Britain’s ability to detect, prevent and respond to attacks.
The NCSC is part of intelligence agency GCHQ. As well as protecting against attacks on government and business, the NCSC aims to protect the UK’s economy and wider society. The UK is one of the world’s most digitally dependent economies. The digital sector is estimated to be worth more than £118bn per year.
Hackers put the Economy at Risk
A crippling cyber-attack on the country’s infrastructure is not the only thing that worries officials: the loss of confidence in the digital economy from both consumers and businesses as a result of hackers exploiting online vulnerabilities could also damage the nation.
Until now, the UK’s cyber protection was largely controlled from GCHQ in Cheltenham. The NCSC is a more public facing and accessible organisation. It protects a wider range of sectors, and not is not just for government and defence purposes. GCHQ will be the NCSC’s parent body so it can draw when needed on the intelligence agency’s skills and capabilities.
The NCSC is developing trial services to discover vulnerabilities in public sector websites, help government departments manage email spoofing, and is starting to take down thousands of phishing sites that are targeting the UK.
Time to Take Security Seriously
In the last twelve months or so we have reported on viruses, cyber-attacks and security breaches targeted at big organisations such as the National Lottery, Dropbox, Yahoo, Three, TalkTalk, KCOM, the Post Office, and the NHS. We have seen stories on hacked web cams and routers that have been used to bring down parts of the internet. One thing is clear: UK businesses need to get serious about the risks.
How to keep your business safe from Cyber Attacks
It is not down to the big companies to keep us safe: Some responsibility for security has to be taken by consumers and businesses. The best thing you can do right is to arrange for a cyber-security health check for your business. Digitalquill are experts in the field of IT security and we can help you find the right mix of policy, software and hardware that will massively reduce the risks to your business from malicious hackers.
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