TIC Update – UK organisations encouraged to bolster cyber security in response to Ukraine situation

Update from the National Cyber Security Centre
Following Russia’s further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences.

The NCSC – which is a part of GCHQ – has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened. There is specific support and guidance for organisations of different sizes:   CNI, large organisations and public sector – NCSC alert SMEs – Small business guide Microbusinesses, sole traders – Cyber Action plan Citizens – Cyber Aware Organisations should also consider adopting Cyber Essentials to help guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate a commitment to cyber security.
While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been an historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences.

The guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps which reduce the risk of your organisation falling victim to an attack.

We would also encourage you to follow the NCSC’s social media channels: LinkedIn and Twitter for further alerts and updates.
If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@ncsc.gov.uk who will be happy to assist.  

DCMS Working Safely guidance and Venue Alerts update

Just writing to share the Working Safely guidance, which has been updated to reflect the changes that came into place from 24 February.

Also sharing an update below from the Trace & NHS COVID-19 app team at UKHSA regarding the removal of the Venue Alerts policy as part of the Living with Covid strategy. Please feel free to cascade this information to your stakeholders/members as appropriate – and if you have any questions do let me know.

Government guidance previously encouraged venues to ask customers and visitors to ‘check in’, either by providing their contact details or using the NHS COVID-19 App, and to keep a record of all staff working on the premises.

As you’re aware, most of the remaining COVID-19 measures in England will end from 24th February 2022. This includes the Venue Alerts policy.

This means venues are no longer asked to:

  • ask every customer or visitor aged 16 or over to ‘check in’ by providing their name and telephone number or by scanning the NHS QR code poster using the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • keep a record of all staff working on your premises, including their shift times and dates, and contact details.
  • keep records of customers, visitors, and staff for 21 days to support NHS Test and Trace.

Please click here to read a letter regarding Red Diesel sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a number of MPs by EIF on behalf of both EIF and BVEP. Jim also indicated that they have also been in contact with LIVE who are also going to be writing to their Parliamentary contacts.