New research reveals UK critical infrastructure operators concerns about cyber warfare

Published: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 09:14

72 percent of cyber security decision makers at critical national infrastructure (CNI) organizations reported seeing a rise in cyber attacks since the start of invasion of Ukraine by Russia, according to new research by Bridewell.

The research, which surveyed 521 cyber security decision makers in the communications, utilities, finance, government and transport and aviation sectors, reveals a high degree of concern about cyber warfare among operators of UK critical infrastructure. Over three quarters (78 percent) are worried about the threat of cyber warfare against the UK’s critical national infrastructure with a quarter concerned that their systems are vulnerable. This raises concerns over the safety of the UK’s critical infrastructure with one in ten also fearing their team wouldn’t be able to cope with a cyber warfare attack.

Concern over cyber warfare is significantly higher in the transport and aviation sector with 93 percent worried about the threat of cyber warfare. Over 8 in 10 (86 percent) in this sector report increased cyber attacks since the start of the Ukraine war and 69 percent worry that their systems are vulnerable to attack.