Major cyber-attack on UK is a matter of “when, not if”, says security chief

2018-01-24T15:06:07+00:0024/01/2018|Tags: , |

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British elections and critical infrastructure.

Ciaran Martin, inteviewed by the Guardian, said the UK had been fortunate to avoid a so-called category one (C1) attack, broadly defined as an attack that might cripple infrastructure such as energy supplies and the financial services sector. He anticipates such an attack in the next two years:

“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 to trigger a category one attack,” he said.