More than 70% of the UK’s National Critical Infrastructure Company (CNI) has seen an increase in cyber attacks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a report by cybersecurity services firm Bridewell Consulting.

The UK-based organization surveyed 521 cybersecurity decision-makers from CNI sectors, including finance, communications, government, utilities, aviation and transport, to better understand their concerns and exposure to cyber threats.

IN a survey found that 72% of respondents were concerned to increase cyberattacks targeting the UK’s CNI, putting infrastructure and society at risk.

Seventy-eight percent of those polled said they were worried about CNI-based intrusion attempts, possibly due to a jump in attacks after the war in Ukraine.

One in ten people believe that their team could not cope with such an attack, and about a quarter believe that their systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The transport and aviation sector is most concerned about cyber warfare, with 93% of respondents concerned about the threat. Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, more than eight out of ten respondents in this sector have reported an increase in cyber attacks, and 69% are concerned that their systems are vulnerable to attacks.

Martin Riley, director of managed security services at Bridewell, said CNI operators need to work together more effectively to protect the societies they serve.

“Much progress has been made in the industry since the introduction of NIS regulations, but it is now imperative that organizations include threat intelligence in their cybersecurity strategies to enhance resilience,” Riley said.

“Developing a culture of information sharing between partners and supply chains is key to protecting our infrastructure and citizens,” he added.

CNI attacks are nothing new, but they have the potential to seriously disrupt society.

On May 7 last year, a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline caused fuel shortages up and down the east coast of the United States. The company, which supplies gasoline and jet fuel across the region, had to pay more than $ 4 million to the perpetrators.

The attack comes after a high-profile SolarWinds breach that affected hundreds of companies around the world, including US government agencies. The attack is believed to have been state-sponsored, not motivated by a desire to generate money.

In February, the IBM X Force Threat Intelligence Index’s annual report revealed that the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy had suffered the most cyber attacks in Europe in 2021. almost a quarter of the total number went to the UK energy sector.

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