22nd February 2022

International tensions and cyber threats

International cyber-defence console

British businesses should see this as a wake-up call to take the threat seriouslywere the words used by Lindy Cameron, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, in a recent article published in the Telegraph. 

 

Lindy described the historical context of cyber attacks against Ukraine - widely attributed to Russian military - and the impacts felt internationally. She pointed out that distances in cyberspace are completely different to those in the physical world and they do not respect geographical boundaries.  

 

Her article speculates that increased tensions will see attacks spill over to organisations around the world with potentially widespread impacts. British businesses should see this as a wake-up call to take the threat seriously. 

 

Lindy urged UK businesses to take proactive action in their cyber resilience measures to ensure they are adequate for the potential attacks. She references the information for all sizes of organisation held on the NCSC's website, proportionate to the size of organisation. The article describes key actions that businesses can take, including: 

  • patching 
  • check backups 
  • create an effective incident response plan 

 

The article is referenced on the NCSC website here: