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When, not if: a category-one cyberattack is just a matter of time

Yet the government is still woefully underprepared. (This article features in Prospect's new cyber resilience supplement)

By Margaret Beckett  


A category-one cyberattack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”—that is the view of Ciaran Martin, head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. He said this several months after the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, which disrupted NHS services across the country. This year he confirmed that the risk of such an attack has not receded. In other words, we should expect worse to come.

Cyber resilience is a key strand of our country’s security. In the 2018…

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