“The UK has been lucky to avoid such an attack while the US, France, and Ukraine have all suffered this kind of interference, but that luck won’t last forever, said Ciaran Martin in an interview with the Guardian.
“It is a matter of when, not if and we will be fortunate to come to the end of the decade without having to trigger a category one attack,” he said.
“Some attacks will get through. What you need to do is cauterise the damage.”
Category one attacks include any hacks that can damage or bring down infrastructure like energy grids, financial services or even elections.
The US is still investigating the extent of suspected Russian interference in its 2016 presidential election, while France withdrew an electronic vote over hacking fears in June last year. Ukraine’s power grid was brought down by a hack known as BlackEnergy in 2015, and suffered a similar power cut a year later.
The NCSC is due to publish a report on how successful its security strategies have proved since it opened in October 2016, according to the Guardian.
The dossier will include a ranking of cyber attacks, which sees the WannaCry ransomware that targeted businesses but also hospitals classed as a category two attack, partly because it presented no risk to life, though it caused widespread delays to hospital operations.
There were 32 such category two attacks, the NCSC told the publication, and 762 category three attacks.”
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