Cyber-scams shut down by UK experts during COVID-19 pandemic

May 10, 2021

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed that cybersecurity experts in the UK have overseen a huge (fifteen-fold) increase in the number of scams removed from the internet.

The findings are contained in the fourth annual report on the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence programme, a service which protects the UK from millions of cyber-attacks.

The NCSC disclosed that it had taken down more scams in the last 12 months than in the previous three years combined; the organisation moved to further protect the UK public and critical services, such as the NHS, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The report has been released ahead of the NCSC’s annual CYBERUK gathering, which this year for the first time will be hosted entirely online, enabling wider participation than ever before. A major focus for the two-day event, which begins tomorrow (Tuesday) and features a host of expert speakers from around the world, will be on how the NCSC and cyber security industry has responded to the pandemic.

Lindy Cameron, NCSC CEO, remarked: “As the cybersecurity community prepares to gather for CYBERUK, the ACD report offers a helpful insight into just some of the ways the NCSC has adapted to protect the UK during the pandemic.

“Whether it has been protecting vital research into the vaccine or helping people work from home securely, the NCSC has worked with partners to protect the digital homeland during this unprecedented period.

“I look forward to hearing from thought-leaders at CYBERUK as we reflect on this period and look ahead to building a resilient and prosperous digital UK after the pandemic.”

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