While cyberattacks and data breaches targeting businesses tend to dominate the headlines, governments are just as at risk.

Perhaps even more so according to the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) recent report highlighting the risks to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI).

TechRadar Pro spoke with Carbon Black’s National Security Strategist and former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, Eric O’Neill who explained why the country’s CNI is at risk and what a possible cyberattack targeting it might look like.

This would require a dedicated team of sophisticated attackers that are well-funded and patient.

State-sponsored attacks are on the rise, and probe attacks against western nations from Russia and Iran (for example) have already tested western critical infrastructure defences.

The “mega security breach of the future” might be a combination of an attack with catastrophic intent in addition to a less obvious, passive attack.

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