GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK

As reported on the BBC news today, the head of the UK signals intelligence organisation – GCHQ – is concerned over the rising number of attacks on UK businesses.

From the BBC news article:

Cyber attacks on the UK are at “disturbing” levels, according to the director of Britain’s biggest intelligence agency.


Writing in the Times, Mr Lobban said: “The volume of e-crime and attacks on government and industry systems continues to be disturbing”.

“I can attest to attempts to steal British ideas and designs – in the IT, technology, defence, engineering and energy sectors, as well as other industries – to gain commercial advantage or to profit from secret knowledge of contractual arrangements.

“Such intellectual property theft doesn’t just cost the companies concerned; it represents an attack on the UK’s continued economic wellbeing.”

Last year the UK government increased the cyber security budget by £650m, which now appears to have been insufficient to stem the rising tide of attacks.

The internet allows a small – medium business to compete on a global scale right next to the biggest of blue chips, but this comes at a price. The price is that hackers are likely to be trying to get into your systems and no organisation is too small to be of interest.

While the big name brands make the headlines, hackers of every type (from script kiddies trying to practice to organised crime groups) try to get into pretty much every system on the internet.

Even if your web presence doesnt provide an immediately valuable asset, hackers will frequently try to compromise a webserver which they can then use in attacks on a third party. Depending on where you are located (or more specifically where your servers are located) you may even be held partly responsible if this happens and the end victim may try to claim damages from you!

Security, online and offline, is a constant battle. Few organisations can provide the budget that GCHQ has, however this is no excuse for not taking the appropriate cost effective steps to ensure your security is as good as it can be.

Taz Wake - Halkyn Security

Certified Information Systems Security Professional with over 19 years experience providing in-depth security risk management advice to government and private sector organisations. Experienced in assessing risks, and producing mitigation plans, worldwide in both peaceful areas and war zones. Additionally, direct experience carrying out investigations into security lapses, producing evidential standard reports and conducting detailed interviews to ascertain the details of the incident. Has a detailed understanding of the Security Policy Framework (SPF) and JSP440, as well as in depth expertise in producing cost-effective solutions in accordance with legislative and regulatory guidelines. Experienced in accrediting establishments and networks as well as project managing the development of secure, compliant, workable business processes.

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  1. Armorbear

    Cyber security need to improve; because mare intelligent hackers every day try to hack national website in US.Thanks for sharing this.

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