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Forget foreign spies. The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has warned it is ransomware that's the key threat for most people. "What I find most worrying isn't the activity of state actors," NCSC chief exec Lindy Cameron told a national security audience, joining the chorus of organisations calling out …

  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
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    Nope

    Russia and China will say whatever they think will best deflect attention.

    They will carry on doing whatever they like.

    1. Unbelievable!
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      Re: Nope

      Agree! They will do as they please.

      Also, Let us not forget that Teresa May brought in law that MP's et al ilk, are beyond any kind of investigation regarding digital data. Even those that are no longer in the position of government or "selected" 3rd parties. At the same time giving up every UK citizens privacy.

      Gen Z will blame boomers for that. *sigh*

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Not the sharpest tools in the box, that's for certain

        Also, Let us not forget that Teresa May brought in law that MP's et al ilk, are beyond any kind of investigation regarding digital data. Even those that are no longer in the position of government or "selected" 3rd parties. At the same time giving up every UK citizens privacy. ..... Unbelievable!

        :-) If MP's and their ilk believe they have anything at all like that sort of blanket immunity from investigation and prosecution and persecution for actions imagined cloaked in impunity, their falls from grace will be swift and extremely messy in any and all futures systems of administration which rightly recognise and condemn such an abomination as rampant wanton public sector abuse and private enriching misuse of engaged national treasure ...... for such is surely what it is, if not intelligently designed for, definitely cynically used for.

        And if you don't believe that, I have an Irish Sea bridge to sell you .... subject of course to MPs clearing Beaufort's Dyke of festering munitions. After all, it was their decision which probably allowed the dumping in the first instance.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    After 25 years ..

    ..in IT, 20 in security, I know how this will go....

    This [guidance] is targeted at SMEs and bigger companies alike, including large sections in simple words for executives and non-technical managers to digest.

    The only thing that will start to improve the generally disastrous state of security (on the UK and beyond) will be jail time for Directors who pay lip service to the vital importance of security and safeguarding their customers data, etc, whilst leaving one person twisting in the wind trying to cover the jobs of six after the other five did the sensible thing and bailed out, for _18 months_ . Oh, and this wasn't a paperclip maker or a small chain of estate agents -- it was a systemically important multinational financial services firm with sites in a couple of dozen countries, on the 5-10k employees and turnover in the billions, range.

    No, I'm not bitter, but if anyone's looking to hire an over-ambitious DIYer in their 50s as an apprentice chippie, do give me a shout.

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Time for a peasant change/elite reset? Or is more of the same your idea of evolutionary progress?

    To believe that anyone effective in and passionate for the secret workings of the internetworking of dark web actors and cyber intelligent agents to the greater advantage of those deriving better benefit from their actions/plans/proposals would be paying any heed to likes of anything existing traditional systems administrations would be saying to preserve and extend the status quo, is to admit to the world and his dogs that one has lost the plot and is way out of one's depths and in danger of drowning in a vast ocean of novel sees.

    Your worlds have changed, and you know it ..... but it destroys you to admit it but you can do absolutely nothing to stop it nor prevent IT and AI from continuing to change everything even further beyond formerly quite effective primitive command and control.

  4. Kev99

    So, quit putting all you secret, proprietary, confidential, operational data out on the bunch of holes held together with string. Either that or require, mandate and otherwise at-the-point-a-gun demand that all data has 512 bit or higher security with air breaks. The world did well using dedicate lines for decades.

    1. Tom Paine

      Ooh, 512 bit security, where can I buy one of those?

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