FRESH NEWS FOR THE INSTITUTE OF THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS: the UK has an issue with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA), National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and people in industry.
This is the first survey of its kind from the NCA, and its findings highlight something that people have been saying for as many years as we can remember. This is that there needs to be more collaboration between industry, government and law enforcement or a facing of some real consequences.
So far no real news here then, but wait. The report found that your average criminal gang is now copying state agencies' tactics and imitating them by attacking financial outfits. Plus, and we did know this, connected devices are also at risk of attack.
There is some advice going too, and this includes the suggestion that businesses use preventative and protective solutions to combat the threat of attack from things like ransomware. These, we are told, include taking backups of data and sandboxing email attachments.
"The National Cyber Security Centre exists to benefit the whole country. As the national technical authority for cyber security in the UK, the NCSC agenda is unashamedly ambitious; we want to be a world leader in cyber security," said Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre ambitiously.
"Cyber attacks will continue to evolve, which is why the country must work together at pace to deliver hard outcomes and ground-breaking innovation to reduce the cyber threat to critical services and deter would-be attackers. No single organisation can defend against the threat on its own and it is vital that we work together to understand the challenges we face.
"We can only properly protect UK cyberspace by working with others with the rest of government, with law enforcement, the Armed Forces, our international allies and, crucially, with business and wider society."
The report will be presented at the NCSC's Cyber UK Conference in Liverpool, today (14 March). As long as no one pinches it. µ
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