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New cyber incident classification to boost UK response

April 12, 2018 / Warwick Ashford

A new cyber attack categorisation system has been unveiled to improve UK response to incidents. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced a new cyber attack classification system to align better with UK law enforcement. The new approach will see the NCSC – a part of GCHQ – working hand in hand with law enforcement agencies to defend against the growing cyber threat. The NCSC has responded to more than 800 significant incidents since October 2016, and its incident responders will now classify attacks into six specific categories, rather than the previous three. The changes, which are effective immediately, are aimed at improving consistency around the incident response and enabling better use of resources to extend support to more victims.