The ransomware threat is getting worse. But businesses still aren't taking it seriously

Ransomware is the most significant cybersecurity threat facing the country today, but many businesses still aren’t taking the threat as seriously as they should be, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. 

In its newly published annual review, the NCSC – the cybersecurity arm of intelligence agency GCHQ – details the incidents and threats the UK has faced during the past 12 months, including cyberattacks against the health service and vaccine developers during the coronavirus pandemic, state-sponsored cyber-espionage campaigns, phishing scams and more.  

But, because of the likely impact a successful attack could have on essential services or critical national infrastructure, it’s ransomware that is viewed as the most dangerous cyber threat – and one that more leadership teams need to think about.

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“One of the trends that the NCSC has seen over the last year was a worrying growth in criminal groups using ransomware to extort organisations. In my view it is now the most immediate cybersecurity threat to UK businesses and one that I think should be higher on the boardroom agenda,” said Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC.  

The number of ransomware attacks has grown significantly during the past year, reaching the same number

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