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NCSC deals with 1,100 cyber attacks

The following has been circulated on behalf of the National Cyber Security Centre via the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Team.

NCSC deals with 1,100 cyber attacks in first two years

 

On its second anniversary, the NCSC has revealed it has defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week

  • National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) handled more than 10 attacks per week in first two years
  • NCSC believes hostile nation states behind majority of cyber incidents
  • Active Cyber Defence reduces UK’s share of visible global phishing attacks by more than half
  • NCSC’s flagship conference CYBERUK to be held in Glasgow in 2019

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week, it has been revealed on their second anniversary.

The NCSC, a part of GCHQ, has now published its second annual review which highlights the sustained threat from hostile state actors and cyber criminals.

 

Since it became fully operational in 2016, the NCSC’s cyber security front line has helped to support with 1,167 cyber incidents – including 557 in the last 12 months. The report reveals the majority of attacks against the UK are carried out by hostile nation states.

 

The Annual Review gives unprecedented detail about the tactics used by the NCSC’s Incident Management team, who work behind the scenes to co-ordinate defences to support UK victims when attacks do get through.

For the first time, the NCSC is giving a glimpse into the work against the ongoing cyber threat in a podcast, “Behind the scenes of an incident”, which features interviews with a range of staff who defend the UK from cyber attacks.

 

The NCSC takes a proactive approach to securing the UK’s online defences. The pioneering Active Cyber Defence (ACD) initiative aims to protect the UK from high-volume commodity attacks that affect people’s everyday lives.

Since its launch, Active Cyber Defence (ACD) has reduced the UK’s share of visible global phishing attacks by more than half; from 5.3% to 2.4%. Between September 2017 and August 2018, the service has removed 138,398 phishing sites hosted in the UK.

 

Links to the key products on NCSC website are below:

 

Full report: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/annual-review-2018

Press notice: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/ncsc-deals-1100-cyber-attacks-first-two-years

Podcast: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/incidents-podcast

Micro-site with digital version of report: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/annual-review-2018

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