Supported by 1.9 billion transitional investment, the NSCS National Cyber Security Centre was launched in London in October 2016 as a measure by the UK government to manage major cyber security incidents, combat against rising cyber security issues and to act as a method of support and provide cyber security training to government organisations, private commercial businesses, infrastructures and individuals.  Its vision is to, “help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online”.

In its first 12 months of forming, the organisation prevented thousands of attacks from escalating and provided valued support to the UK’s armed forces.

Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC, said: “The last year has seen no deceleration in the tempo and volume of cyber incidents, as attackers devise new ways to harm businesses and citizens around the globe.”

“The NCSC’s aim is to make the UK an unattractive target to cyber criminals and certain nation states by increasing their risk and reducing their return on investment.”

In a recent report by the NSCS – “Cyber Threat to UK Business Industry 2017-2018” it highlighted several factors around cyber security and how businesses and organisations can do more to reduce the opportunity for hackers to infiltrate supply chains where there are network vulnerabilities, after all they will always go for the easy targets first!

Understanding and implementing basic ‘cyber security hygiene’ will go along way to protecting networks. Tight password security, anti-virus protection, firewall installation and up to date malware security are just a few aspects of security which will help to close down vulnerabilities. To do this, training staff and educating them on scenarios which could compromise systems is vital.

The report also highlighted concerns over the rise of security in internet of things technology

“Many internet-connected devices sold to consumers lack basic cybersecurity provisions. With so many devices unsecured, vulnerabilities will continue to be exploited.”

As more and more households invest internet connected products to enhance their daily lives, manufactures need to take responsibility for how cyber-attacks could intensify if they do not look at tightening the level of security within the technology.

Cloud security also came under scrutiny in the report, “As more organisations decide to move data to the cloud (including confidential or sensitive information), it will become a tempting target for a range of cyber criminals.”

If businesses and organisations are using cloud services then they really need to be clear on where the data is being stored, who is responsible and how is security enabled by the provider. A clear outline and regular updates should help to meet these requirements.

Is your business or organisation facing rising or continuing issues relating to cyber security? Knowing how to protect your network or reduce risk from a cyber security attack is vital to production and the data information you hold. Please contact our team for further information and to find out how we support organisations with cyber security insurance.

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