The director of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Ian Lobban has warned that the UK faces a credible threat from a cyber attack targeting critical infrastructure.
Speaking during an event at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the security chief warned that the country is threatened by sophisticated cyber attacks designed to disrupt its infrastructure.
He also said that Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was busy evaluating strategies to ward off a cyber attack if it was to happen.
Lobban said that critical national infrastructures, including electricity supplies, the emergency services, government, financial services, communication networks, health, transport, and food and water supplies are threatened by cyber attacks.
“I don't want you to take away the impression that it is solely a national security or defence issue. It goes to the heart of our economic well-being and national interest,” he said.
Lobban proposed that strategic partnerships with the industries and new technology needed to be developed if Britain is to survive a cyber attack.