“Ransomware attacks are typically carried out by criminal groups however we cannot rule out anything while investigations are ongoing.”
Ciaran Martin — CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre
Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an official statement regarding the international cyber incident affecting the NHS. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
Statement from Ciaran Martin
“Today we have seen a set of global cyber attacks against thousands of organisations and individuals in dozens of countries.
“The National Cyber Security Centre is working round the clock with UK and international partners and with private sector experts to lead the response to these cyber attacks.
“The picture is emerging that this is affecting multiple countries and sectors and is not solely targeted at the NHS. As the Prime Minister said, we have no evidence that UK National Health Service patient data has been stolen.
“We are very aware that attacks on critical services such as the NHS have a massive impact on individuals and their families, and we are doing everything in our power to help them restore these vital services.
“It is important that organisations reduce the risks of these attacks happening to them. There are three pieces of important advice to help protect your organisation:
1) Make sure your security software patches are up to date
2) Make sure that you are running proper anti-virus software
3) Back up your data somewhere else because you can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.
Notes to Editors
Ransomware attacks are typically carried out by criminal groups however we cannot rule out anything while investigations are ongoing.
Existing NCSC guidance provides organisations with information about how to protect themselves from ransomware attacks.
The government is fully committed to defending against cyber threats and address the cyber skills gap to develop and grow talent. A five year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) was announced in November 2016, supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment.
About the NCSC
The NCSC was opened by HM The Queen in February 2017 and provides a single, central body for cyber security at a national level. It provides advice for national cyber security incidents, carries out real-time threat analysis and provides tailored sectoral guidance.
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About Ciaran Martin
Ciaran Martin is Director General for Government and Industry Cyber Security. He is a member of the GCHQ Board and the SIRO.
Prior to joining GCHQ in February 2014, Ciaran Martin was Constitution Director at the Cabinet Office. In this role, he was the lead official negotiator for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Scotland in the run-up to the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 on a referendum on independence for Scotland.
Previous Cabinet Office roles included Director of Security and Intelligence, from 2008 to 2011, and Head of the Cabinet Secretary’s Office from 2005 to 2008. Before that Ciaran Martin spent 6 years at HM Treasury and 3 at the National Audit Office, after graduating from Hertford College, Oxford in 1996.
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Statement on international ransomware cyber attack — NCSC Official website
NCSC — Statement on international ransomware cyber attack