The UK's Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) has completed its first official year and has released details about the threats it has faced and the actions it has taken.
CERT-UK was launched by the coalition government in March 2014 by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude with the remit of looking after the local security landscape.
"This government's most important task is to protect our security and ensure that Britain is a safe place to work, live and do business," said Maude at the time.
"We know the government cannot do everything by itself. CERT-UK shows we want closer coordination between government, business and academia to share insight and advice, as well as better cooperation with our international partners.
"The job of protecting our security will never be done - it will always be a work in progress. But, from today, CERT-UK means we are better prepared, better informed, better connected and ultimately more resilient."
The organisation said that its first year has been busy. "We had a very busy launch year and packed in a great deal, noticeably providing cyber support to two large events: the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the NATO Summit," said CERT-UK lead Chris Gibson in the CERT-UK Annual Report April 2014 - March 2015 (PDF).
"We have also responded to two major vulnerabilities: Heartbleed and Shellshock. So far, we have seen over 900 incidents this year attacking all kinds of organisations, of all sizes, across many sectors."
Malware is the biggest threat currently hitting the UK, according to the report. Around 30 percent of incidents involve malware, the most common being Zeus.
CERT-UK also dealt with Conficker, Torpig and Sality and, particularly in the financial industries, Dridex, or Dyre.
The sources of such attacks are criminal enterprises and nation states, and the UK has been advised to align itself with the security recommendations of GCHQ and the UK Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership.
"No one sector is immune from a threat, and what we have observed over the last year is that sectors suffer similar incidents, with differences coming from the threat actor," the report said.
Hacktivists and nation states are predicted to be two of the biggest causes of business concern this year, along with ransomware.
CERT-UK is also predicting another Heartbleed-type incident, and the biggest data breach the country has seen to date.
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