Ciaran Martin, head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre NCSC has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British elections and critical infrastructure.
Martin was speaking to The Guardian before a speech on Monday by the chief of the general staff, Sir Nick Carter, in which he highlighted the growing threat posed from cyber-attacks, in particular from Russia, both on the battlefield and on civilian services.
Figures for cyber-attacks since the NCSC opened through to December last year underline the pressure building on the UK from hackers. The NCSC recorded 34 C2 attacks, with WannaCry the most disruptive of these, and 762 slightly less serious C3 ones
The NCSC, as part of its preparations against similar attacks, has been advising key departments and companies on vulnerabilities while intelligence agencies monitor potential hackers. There is also an emergency response team on constant standby.
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