The Security State in the UK: Lessons from the NCSC Report

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The National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) recently launched its fifth Annual review on the state of cybersecurity in the UK. The report is presented under five headings including An Analysis and Response to ‘The Threat’, Advice On Resilience, Progress In Threat detection and prevention technology, enhancing the cybersecurity ecosystem and providing global leadership.

The overarching message of the report is to ensure the safety of all online activities for all UK citizens. This is achieved through a transparent approach. As Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC said, “A large part of the NCSC’s mission is to interact with and work with organizations and the public.”

What does the NCSC report say?

While the first section bears the innocuous title “The Threat”, it not only identifies the threats observed from the previous year, but also shows the methods by which they are detected and countered. As expected, ransomware remained a major concern, with these events tripling from 2019. The COVID-19 crisis has also been incorporated into the threat landscape. The latest threat that has been launched on a large scale has been the attacks on the supply chain, as in the SolarWinds attack. In April, the NCSC found that there was a high probability that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was responsible for the attack.

Attacks like the SolarWinds event have real effects. According to the report, goods and services were directly affected. “Due to the interconnected nature of cyberspace, most of the major overseas attacks had an impact on the UK.” The NCSC responded to the Solar Winds attack by identifying affected organizations and sectors, which further assisted the investigation and provided technical advice and assistance. Ultimately, the NCSC, in collaboration with four other agencies, issued a technical guide with recommendations for mitigation.

It’s comforting to know that an entire consortium of government (Continue reading…)

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