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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS
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Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS

Unconfirmed reports suggest the attack may be ransomware-related, while the NHS contends with disrupted services on the 111 non-emergency line
8 Aug 2022
NCSC launches startup incubator to protect against national cyber threats
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC launches startup incubator to protect against national cyber threats

The program is focused on the protection of highly available operational technology where there is a high risk of digital sabotage
28 Jul 2022
NCSC concerned for UK cyber experts burning out over Russia-Ukraine cyber war
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cyber security

NCSC concerned for UK cyber experts burning out over Russia-Ukraine cyber war

The nation's cyber authority has provided organisations with advice on how to deal with an extended period of heightened threat
5 Jul 2022
Five Eyes leaders issue guidance for MSPs to prevent second SolarWinds attack
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Security

Five Eyes leaders issue guidance for MSPs to prevent second SolarWinds attack

The joint advisory published today said MSPs and customers need more vigilant in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine
11 May 2022
Five Eyes and US governments finally confirm Russia was behind Ukrainian government, Viasat cyber attacks
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cyber attacks

Five Eyes and US governments finally confirm Russia was behind Ukrainian government, Viasat cyber attacks

NCSC detailed the government-level attribution process at CYBERUK 2022 and why it took so much longer to assign blame compared to the private sector
10 May 2022
NCSC unveils email security-checking tool for private sector organisations at CYBERUK
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC unveils email security-checking tool for private sector organisations at CYBERUK

The free service will focus on checking for TLS and DMARC compliance to protect against anti-spoofing and email hijacking
10 May 2022
29% of UK SMBs cancelled cyber insurance policies in 2021
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cyber security

29% of UK SMBs cancelled cyber insurance policies in 2021

Even if SMBs are becoming more concerned about cyber attacks, they’re unlikely to be willing to pay even higher premiums to protect themselves
9 May 2022
DCMS: A third of businesses experience "weekly" cyber attacks
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Security

DCMS: A third of businesses experience "weekly" cyber attacks

Government data suggests senior managers are more worried about cyber attacks than ever before
30 Mar 2022
NCSC warns businesses against using Kaspersky products
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NCSC warns businesses against using Kaspersky products

Critical infrastructure companies, as well as organisations aiding Ukraine or criticising the Russian government, are at the highest risk of being com…
30 Mar 2022
UK, US officials say Russia was behind DDoS attacks against Ukraine
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distributed denial of service (DDOS)

UK, US officials say Russia was behind DDoS attacks against Ukraine

The Russian Embassy in the US slammed the accusations as "baseless statements"
21 Feb 2022
Mid-sized businesses on hackers’ 2022 hit list, cyber agencies warn
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Mid-sized businesses on hackers’ 2022 hit list, cyber agencies warn

Cyber criminals are "shifting away from big-game hunting", say FBI and NCSC
10 Feb 2022
NCSC project will help UK businesses identify security vulnerabilities
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC project will help UK businesses identify security vulnerabilities

The scripts will be developed and reviewed regularly to target the most pervasive issues in enterprise security
26 Jan 2022
NCSC Cyber Essentials overhaul takes effect
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC Cyber Essentials overhaul takes effect

Changes to the scope of the government-backed cyber security certification represent the biggest change since the scheme's launch in 2014
24 Jan 2022
SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday
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e commerce

SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday

NCSC identified 4,151 online shops compromised using vulnerability within e-commerce platform Magento
25 Nov 2021
UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices
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IT regulation

UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices

Law could prevent sale of smartphones, TVs, speakers, toys, and other digital devices that fail to meet minimum security requirements
24 Nov 2021
Fifth of UK security pros discriminated against in 2021
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Careers & training

Fifth of UK security pros discriminated against in 2021

The NCSC’s and KPMG’s Diversity and inclusion in cyber security report studied the obstacles faced by cyber security professionals
23 Nov 2021
US, UK agencies warn Iran-backed hackers are targeting critical sectors
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US, UK agencies warn Iran-backed hackers are targeting critical sectors

The state-sponsored APT groups exploited Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange flaws to gain access to systems
18 Nov 2021
NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021

The GCHQ's cyber arm says 20% of cyber attacks this year targeted the health sector and key organisations involved in the vaccine rollout
17 Nov 2021
NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK
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NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK

Lindy Cameron named Russia as the main culprit behind the UK’s ransomware woes
12 Oct 2021
Visa card holders using Apple Pay warned of payment exploit that bypasses user authentication
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Visa card holders using Apple Pay warned of payment exploit that bypasses user authentication

Commuters are being urged to disable Apple Pay express transit mode for Visa cards
30 Sep 2021
UK’s next National Cyber Strategy to reflect need for security industrial base
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UK’s next National Cyber Strategy to reflect need for security industrial base

The country’s upcoming National Cyber Security Strategy will 'hopefully' be released later this year
28 Sep 2021
NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool
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NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool

Users are now able to report phishing emails with just one click
12 Aug 2021
NCSC taps security startups to help defend the UK from cyber threats
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startups

NCSC taps security startups to help defend the UK from cyber threats

Five startups have joined the Plexal initiative, which will work on areas such as threat detection, digital skills, and ransomware
10 Aug 2021