The job of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is to protect the UK against cyber threats, whether that’s from hostile nations and groups or simply criminals.
Since it became operational in 2016, GCHQ’s cyber crime defence centre has defended the UK against 1,167 serious such threats.
The majority of the attacks were carried out by hackers “directed, sponsored or tolerated” by foreign governments, according to NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin.
“These groups constitute the most acute and direct cyber threat to our national security,” he said.
In these days of coronavirus, NSCSC has also had to help protect scientists working on a vaccine, NHS hospitals, essential infrastructure and more.
The Wannacry ransomware in 2017 did huge damage to the NHS hospitals caught out.
NCSC also work to stamp out phishing and similar scams and what they call ‘high commodity attacks’ including the removal of 138,398 phishing sites between September 2017 and August 2018.
Cyber attacks are increasing in volume, scale and range of targets every year so business and all organisations need to take this seriously and protect themselves accordingly.
If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.