UK Government bombarded with hack attacks says cyber chief

The head of the National Cyber Security Centre has warned that the UK government is successfully fending off around 60 cyber attacks a month as criminals and hostile foreign countries seek to breach Whitehall security

by the commentator on 13 February 2017 14:31


The head of the recently launched National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Ciaran Martin has warned that the British government is coming under sustained attack from hostile cyber criminals.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Times Martin claimed that recent hacks on public infrastructure and departments were designed to,  “extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector”.

Industry experts said the shocking attacks underlined the need for more collaboration between the NCSC and security specialists in industry to safeguard the country’s national security.

Peter Carlisle, Vice President EMEA at Thales e-Security responded to Martin’s interview by saying, “It’s crystal clear that cyber criminals will stop at nothing to breach public sector security in an effort to get into Whitehall systems.”

“With hackers also targeting local government organisations, it’s absolutely critical that the public sector continues the collaborative approach set out by the National Cyber Security Centre.”

“We all have a responsibility to protect national security and that’s why it’s so important that industry works in partnership with the government to protect the public sector and critical national infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated attacks.”

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