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Most UK IT Security Leaders Fear CNI Attack

February 27, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

Over half of organizations believe the UK is heading for a major attack on critical infrastructure (CNI) this year, with siloed teams causing dangerous security gaps between IT and OT functions, according to Infosecurity Europe. The region’s leading information security event polled over 12,000 social media followers and its community of CISOs to better understand the challenges facing organizations in CNI sectors. Some 59% agreed that a CNI attack was imminent in 2019, echoing National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) boss Ciaran Martin, who said last year that the nation’s first category one (C1) attack was a matter of “when, not if.” WannaCry was rated a C2 incident. Of equal concern is the fact that organizations seem ill-prepared to deal with such an attack. Over two thirds (68%) of respondents claimed that security teams in charge of physical and digital systems never collaborate. These siloes can be particularly damaging as IT and OT converge, for example wit...