Businesses will be pushed to improve their cyber security in order to defend the nation from opponents who have begun to target the UK with “ideologically motivated, rather than financially motivated” attacks.
A minister will issue a warning on Wednesday that UK firms are at the forefront of the nation’s cyber defences and must assist in defending against organisations determined to destroy critical infrastructure.
According to Oliver Dowden, the latest cyber security danger comes from hackers with ties to Russia and is comparable to the Wagner paramilitary group.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will inform the CyberUK conference in Belfast that these organisations have started to target Britain this year and are “ideologically motivated, rather than financially motivated.”
He will continue by stating that the situation is “particularly concerning” because the main goal of these actors is “to disrupt or destroy,” and they are less likely to exercise the same level of restraint as national actors.
The National Cyber Security Centre is sending out an official threat notification to operators as a symbol of the escalating risk to the nation.
Our shared prosperity depends on their taking their own security seriously, Mr. Dowden, who is also Secretary of State for National Investment Security, will address the conference. He is making this appeal to the “companies in charge of keeping our country running, of keeping the lights on.”
If a brick-and-mortar firm left the back door unlocked to thieves every night, it wouldn’t last long. Businesses in the modern world cannot afford to keep their digital back door unlocked to hackers and online criminals.