UK Home Office security minister Baroness Neville-Jones has warned of a "real and credible" cyber attack threatening the country.
Lady Neville-Jones's remarks come after GCHQ director Iain Lobban that UK needed to be prepared if it plans on warding off a cyber attack on its critical infrastructure.
Speaking to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), he had said that due to the wide adaptability of the internet, new opportunities for a cyber attack had opened up and Britain needed to be prepared for it when something like this happens.
According to The Press Association, Neville-Jones agreed with Lobban, who said that 80 per cent of the vulnerabilities faced by the UK could be dealt by regularly updating the systems and maintaining constant vigilance while surfing the internet.
She also said that the government should set an example for the private companies to follow, when it comes to dealing with cyber security threats.
Neville-Jones said that cyber security was “key to our military capabilities on the battlefield, it's key to our Navy - if the whole shooting match has lost its communications, it's dead in the water.”