Life-threatening cyber attack inevitable

Last week, the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) released its second annual review, in which it warned that a life-threatening cyber attack will hit the UK in the near future.

CEO Ciaran Martin said: “I remain in little doubt we will be tested to the full, as a centre, and as a nation, by a major incident at some point in the years ahead, what we would call a Category 1 attack.”

What is a category 1 attack?

The NCSC describes a category 1 attack as “national emergencies, causing sustained disruption of essential services, leading to severe economic or social consequences – or to a loss of life”.

Earlier this year, Martin said it was a matter of “when, not if” the UK would suffer a category 1 attack, that he expects the attack to take place within the next two years and that the UK would be “fortunate” if it survived that long.

Limit the effects of an attack

Although you might not be able to prevent a cyber attack, you can limit and control the amount of damage it does.

Implementing a BCMS (business continuity management system) enables an organisation to return to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible after a cyber attack, and to control, update and deploy effective plans that take into account the organisation’s capabilities and contingencies, as well as its overall needs and requirements.

Are you prepared?

To help organisations prepare for an attack, we’ve created a free quiz that will give you a breach-readiness score, along with personalised advice on the next steps your organisation should take.

Don’t fall victim to a cyber attack – find out your breach-readiness score