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UK's Security Boss Warns that Major Cyber-Attack will soon Happen

October 3rd 2017
The most serious attack is "category one", which might happen "sometime during the next few years". As per agency that reports to the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and is responsible to ensure the information security of UK, a "category one" incident of cybersecurity needs a response from the national government.

According to technical director, Ian Levy, it covered 500 incidents from the year since agency was founded, along with 470 incidents of category three and 30 incidents of category two that include WannaCry ransomworm which has took down the IT in numerous NHS trusts as well as bodies.

Levy also warns that "sometime in the next few years we're going to have our first category one cyber-incident". He said that the only method to avoid such breach was changing the way governments and businesses think about the cybersecurity. Such type of attack hasn't been seen yet. Ibtimes.com posted on September 22nd, 2017, that siren for potentially devastating attack has been alerted by Ian Levy, technical director of the cyber-focused branch of UK's GCHQ in the event that was hosted by Symantec, a cybersecurity firm.

Levy brought a mixture of bad and good news to the stage, observing that it has been still possible for the organizations and governments to get ready for the category 1 attack beforehand - with a warning that doing this would need those entities to totally change the manner in which they think regarding cybersecurity. Levy advises the organizations who wanted to avoid such a disastrous breach affecting them - is by stopping having its faith in off-the-shelf security solutions, and rather work with the employees to expose the real possibility.

WannaCry ransomware attack affected around 40 NHS trusts which forced them to postpone procedures and operations. NHS England said that seven hospitals remained on A&E divert after two days with ambulances taking emergency patients somewhere else.

The complete scale of the attack on the NHS only become clear after four days when people returned to work. But people were advised to attend all doctor or hospital appointment normally unless they were asked not to do so. It was later disclosed that networks had been exposed due to outdated Windows XP software which was still in the use.