The rate of cyber attacks (typically ransomware or denial of service) are increasing, and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified this as a key risk to organisations.
This week Gloucester Council has revealed that parts of its website have been disabled because of hackers, and it is thought that sleeper malware in an email may have been responsible. The results are that it is much more difficult to communicate with other local authorities and government agencies, and online services to claim housing benefit, council tax support, and other services have been delayed or are unavailable.
Also this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross fell victim to a cyber attack which may have compromised the personal and confidential information from at least 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the world, on more than 500,000 vulnerable people. The cause seems to be a successful attack on a Swiss data that ICRC used to store its data.
As we start a new year, please take time to check that your cyber security plans are still fit for purpose. The NCSC suggest that a cyber attack is ‘when’ not ‘if’ and so we all need to be ready.