The head of the Government Communications Headquarters promised the primary protection of the energy system, water supply, the Internet, transport and healthcare system.
The UK authorities cannot yet provide absolute security in the case of cyberattacks and are focused on preventing attacks that "can affect the way of life". This was stated by the head of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Ciaran Martin. He explained that the intelligence services will first protect energy system, water supply, Internet, transportation and healthcare system.
Martin noted that it is more difficult to turn off light and water as a result of a cyber-attack, than it is shown in Hollywood films, but the experience of last year's hacker attack from North Korea showed that such an attack could seriously affect, for example, the medical sphere. "The question is not whether there will be a cyber-attack on the UK. The question is, when will this happen? We provided a detailed plan to the government with proposals to protect the most important life support systems," - he said.