The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, released in November 2016, highlighted the threat that terrorist groups posed in their aspiration to conduct damaging cyber activity against the UK and its interests.
In the past, the technical capability of terrorists was judged to be low. But MI6 boss Alex Younger’s December 8th, 2016 chilling warning called the attach structure of ISIS/Daesh "unprecedented" and the impact of a low capability cyber terrorist attack against the UK disproportionately high. Given the current state of preparedness, this should act as a stark reminder of how ill-prepared we are. Government envisages a greater volume of low-sophistication disruptive activity against the UK as an increasingly computer literate generation engages in extremism.
However, this capability is clearly gaining rapidly in sophistication, and when armed with the motivation to destroy their targets for political, ideological, and so called “religious” agendas, this becomes a “Survivability” threat that cannot be ignored.
Terrorists will therefore use any cyber capability they possess to achieve the maximum effect possible, motivated not by financial gain, but by inflicting the maximum damage possible, or even the destruction of the target. Such threats are putting the “survivability” of companies at
greater risk. Despite this, the Government’s Cyber Governance Health Check found that only a third of the UK’s top 350 businesses understand the threat of a cyber attack and had formal written cyber security policies whilst only 10% had an incident management plan in place.
This briefing as part of the MLI Group Decision Maker Symposium series of events will explore:
- The new risks threatening “survivability”
- The destructive motivation behind cyber terrorism
- What is required from Chairmen, CEOs and Boards in order to be better prepared and protected
Khaled Fattall, CEO, The Multilingual Internet Group
Paul Fennell, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, K2 Intelligence
Simon Barton, Senior Security Consultant, The Multilingual Internet Group