Businesses must do more to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, Chancellor warns

Inside GCHQ security chiefs are expecting a ‘category 1’ incident the most seriousREX FEATURES

NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin explained the organisation's aim to make the United Kingdom the safest place to live and do business online, saying: "We will help secure our critical services, lead the response to the most serious incidents and improve the underlying security of the internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations".

The Queen opened the national centre today as Britain builds up its defences for the cyber battlefield.

Also speaking at the launch of the centre, Philip Hammond noted that, as chancellor, he knows "how significant our digital sector is for the United Kingdom economy - worth over £118bn per year".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he went on: "We did some work where we worked out what are we asking the average British citizen to do in their personal and professional life, if they follow all the guidance on changing their password and how their password should be configured".

"We want to be at the centre of a new era of online opportunity and help people to feel as safe as possible when using technology to its fullest potential". We did some work where we worked out what are we asking people to do.

The UK's cyber security chief has ridiculed public guidelines on internet passwords, claiming they require average Britons to memorise the equivalent of a 600-digit number every month. None of my best people can do that.

'There are password managers out there, there are ways you can look at your exposure online, you can work out what you really care about'.

"We're actively working to reduce the harm caused by cyber attacks against the United Kingdom and will use the government as a guinea pig for all the measures we want to see done by industry at national scale", said NCSC Technical Director Dr Ian Levy.

'The digital age allows new potentially more unsafe ways of potentially carrying it out and attacking critical national infrastructure'.

He called for some new simpler advice to help people manage security, as the Queen was due to formally open his new centre, with Chancellor Philip Hammond also present to outline the threat to the United Kingdom from both criminals targeting the public and state actors attacking the Government.

"Business has to sharpen its approach as the scale of the threat from cyber increases and intensifies".

'Those who want to exploit that vulnerability have not been idle, ' he will add.

'In the first three months of its existence the NCSC has already mobilised to respond to attacks on 188 occasions'.

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