13 Oct'17

‘Keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism’


GCHQ’s Head of the Intelligence monitoring service, Jeremy Fleming, has said that ‘keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism’ the BBC reports.


GCHQ have increased funding for cyber-attack resources.


Fleming has said that there have been nearly 600 cyber-attacks that needed a national response in the last year.


The.report attended ‘The Future of Cyber Security’ panel discussion. On the panel there were representatives from DUO, Sophos, F-Secure, and Trend Micro.


The main points the panel touched upon were:

    • New, complex cyber security platform are not always the answer. Sometimes it is beneficial to return to older technologies


    • Society are accepting AR technology (‘You only need to look at the success of Pokémon Go’) which will open a new level of hacking. Technology is no longer something we consult, it is part of our reality. Therefore, hackers will be capable of distorting our perception of the real world


    • The gap between technology companies and cyber security services


    • Developers need to be held responsible for engineering actions and decisions



The discussion ended with the three panellists each making a prediction about the future of cyber security.


James Lyne, from Sophos, said that there will be greater complexities in cyber security policy and law. Lyne added that the cyber security industry has a responsibility to fight against such complexities, and strive for simplicity that users will be able to understand and follow.


Mikko Hypponen, from F-Secure, said it will be ‘humans vs computers’, but not like the film Terminator. A fight for technology not to overtake humans.


Rik Ferguson, from Trend Micro, said that there will be an increase in training and learning about security.


Both private and public organisations are pushing for better, strong cyber security in this new technology world.