UK’s Intelligence Chief Ciaran Martin has expressed his concern over his country’s exposure to ‘Category One’ (C1) cyber attacks which could disrupt critical infrastructures such as power grids and those serving banking sector.
In an interview to ‘The Guardian’ the Chief Executive Officer of the Country’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) said “ I think it’s a matter of when and not if” when it comes cyber attacks hitting his country’s infrastructure by the end of this decade.
“We are lucky enough to have avoided a C1 cyber attack so far. But we cannot guaranty to be fortunate enough in near future”, said Martin.
Giving a speech on Monday night to a media resource, the chief of general staff of the British Army, Sir Nick Carter, highlighted the fact that the United Kingdom was facing a threat from some nations like North Korea, Russia, and China who are with an ambition to destroy the business and political landscape of western nations in next fear years through cyber attacks.
Carter said that WannaCry Ransomware Attack stands as the best example of the mindset of certain nations as there is enough evidence that the attack was launched by the state-funded Lazarus group of North Korea.
Though it can be categorized into an attack of just level 2(which doesn’t cause human death) it was indeed a strong message given by North Korea’s Kim Jong UN whose busy funding his nuclear ambitions in an illegitimate way.
Mr. Martin said that even after Brexit, UK will love to keep up the momentum with Europe in order to get the European Cybersecurity across the whole continent on a stronger foothold.