IT Security Company MWR InfoSecurity has said that the cyber warfare war-games that are shortly to take place in New York, should be run in London.
Alex Fidgen, Director at MWR InfoSecurity, said: “This is exactly what we should be doing in the UK. The government, security companies and business should be mounting a similar operation.”
Wealth management groups in the US are apparently so concerned about cyber attacks they are staging an all out system wide drill to test their preparedness and countermeasures.
The anti cyber attack drill, code named Quantum Dawn 2, is scheduled for 28 June and is being co-ordinated by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). It will operate on a closed network developed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Fidgen added: “The destruction of 30,000 computers via a targeted attack on Aramco has shown that this can have a devastating impact on any organization – yet despite this many companies are ill prepared for an attack and need help.”
Fidgen said that there was increased evidence of state sponsored cyber attacks, which were often linked to destabilizing geo-political events.
He added: "Many organisations may not be considering the impact of such destructive cyber attacks. With South Korea experiencing a recent attack on their banking industry, which heavily affected availability holding anti cyber attack scenarios are essential if organisations are to model how they might respond.
Fidgen warned that attacks are on the increase and that in the future there are likely to be a greater number of attacks involving techniques and technical exploits which will not have been seen by organisations in the past.
He said: “The more that can be done to prepare Britain for these attacks the better we will be able to respond and protect our business infrastructure.”