The NSCS, a branch of the GCHQ, Britain’s main signal intelligence agency, has been in operation for a year and is charged with shoring up cyber security by working with a wide range of stakeholders.
Martin said in his prepared remarks: “I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past the year, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunication and energy sectors.”
The agency was “actively engaging with international partners, industry and civil society” to tackle the threat from Russia, he said.
Martin echoed May’s comments that Russia was trying to “undermine the international system” with information warfare and cyber attacks.
Cyber security experts have long worried about attacks on electrical grids in particular, but Martin offered no evidence that the alleged Russian attacks succeeded in penetrating power systems or other critical infrastructure in the UK.