Government Security Analysts Submerged with Threats

Government Security Analysts Submerged with Threats

The government is relying on a “skeleton staff” of security analysts to root out and respond to online threats, according to a new FoI request.

SIEM specialist Huntsman Security wanted to find out the level of preparedness within government to tackle serious cyber-attacks. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) claimed in April to have responded to more than 800 “significant incidents” since October 2016.

Unfortunately, the FoI requests revealed that many agencies appear under-resourced. The Scottish Prison Service and Scottish Public Pensions Agency said they have no full-time security analysts, while the Northern Ireland Assembly has just two.

By Phil Muncaster

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