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Cyber Security and Covid-19: A Record Number of Incidents

In the latest National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) annual review, it has been revealed that over a quarter of cyber security incidents have been related to Covid-19. Let’s take a closer look at the findings.

More cyber threats than ever before

The NCSC is the UK’s technical authority for cyber threats and works to make the UK a safe place to live and work online. In its annual review, it looks back at some of the key developments and highlights from the year, and how it has tackled more cyber threats than ever before.

The findings have exposed a record number of cyber security incidents between September 2019 and August 2020, with 723 serious incidents being handled, and over 200 of these being related to Covid-19.

Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC said: “We scanned more than one million NHS IP addresses for vulnerabilities and our cyber expertise underpinned the creation of the UK’s coronavirus tracing app. An innovative approach to removing online threats was created through the ‘Suspicious Email Reporting Service’ – leading to more than 2.3 million reports of malicious emails being flagged by the British public. Many of the 22,000 malicious URLs taken down as a result related to coronavirus scams, such as pretending to sell PPE equipment to hide a cyber attack.”

The highlights 

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Balance of threats

The world changed in 2020 and so did the balance of threats.

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