Deputy first minister flags up importance of Scottish cyber resilience
“As attackers find more and more ingenious forms of attack, they are, more often than not, attempting to exploit the same basic failings – poor patching, network configuration, and password management” John Swinney, deputy first minister of Scotland
Scottish deputy first minister John Swinney says the threat of a category one cyber attack is one of the few things capable of keeping him awake at night.
Swinney, who has responsibility for Scotland’s cybersecurity, has good reason to be worried, with the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre warning that a major cyber attack on the UK is almost inevitable.
As Ciaran Martin put it last year: “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.”
The threat of such an attack – taken to mean one which causes sustained disruption of essential services or affects national security, leading to severe economic or social consequences or loss of life – is probably somewhere towards the top of the list of things that stop Swinney from sleeping, but the risk of cybercrime is rising across the board.
In fact, according to data presented by Greg Iddon, senior product marketing manager at Sophos, 53% of all reported crime in the UK is cybercrime.
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