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David Omand, former GCHQ chief: Cyberattacks are the new normal

We're in for a lot more of them over the coming years—and not even government departments are safe

By Alex Dean   August 2017

David Omand, former GCHQ chief. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The hackers are on the offensive. The election in the United States, the NHS, banks, businesses, even parliament itself have fallen victim to cyber-attacks over recent months. Cyber security has rapidly gone from a fringe anxiety to an all-pervasive mainstream worry. This in mind, I spoke to David Omand, former director of the UK’s surveillance agency GCHQ, who has been involved with worrying about this issue for a good deal longer than most. He explained just how grave a threat hackers pose…

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