UK cyber attack ‘when, not if’

A major cyber attack on the UK is a case of ‘when, not if’, says the head of the National Cyber Security Centre.

Speaking to the Guardian, Ciaran Martin, security chief, said the country had been lucky to avoid a ‘category one’ attack - targeting infrastructure like energy companies and financial services.

But Martin said the UK was increasing its defence capabilities.

His comments comes following Gen Sir Nick Carter’s call for more defence spending to tackle the threat.

The head of the Britsh Army said the UK needed to protect itself from ‘cyber-warfare’ from Russia.

Martin said: “I think it is a matter of when, not if and we will be fortunate to come to the end of the decade without having a category one attack.

“What we have seen from Russia thus far against the UK is a series of intrusions for espionage and possible pre-positioning into key sectors but in a more controlled form of attack from others.”

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