While the United Kingdom has not yet faced what would be considered a ‘category one’ cyberattack, there is little doubt that it will happen in the years ahead. This is the view of Peter Yapp, Deputy Director of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre speaking at the Cyber Security Connect conference.
Yapp explained that since the NCSC was created more than two years ago, it had dealt with 1100 cybersecurity incidents – or more than 10 a week.
“The majority of these incidents were from hostile nation states, meaning computer hackers that are directed, sponsored or tolerated by governments of those countries and these are the most acute and direct cybersecurity threats to our national security,” he said.
As a result of these continuing attacks, and the looming prospect of being hit by a devastating category one attack, Yapp suggested that the UK had to be alert to the threat from countries who sought to attack its critical national networks.
Yapp went on to remark that that was why earlier this year, the NCSC joined forces with the US government to publish evidence that Russia had attacked critical parts of our national infrastructure.
"This was a landmark act – as it called out both unacceptable practices but also provided the tools to clean up that particular attack,” Yapp claimed.
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