A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre said:
“We have made guidance available about how candidates in the General Election can protect their digital systems and online profiles. This has been published on our website and parties will be signposted to the guidance by the Electoral Commission.
“The NCSC has been and continues to offer political parties and candidates access to the best cyber security guidance and support. It is prudent to offer them advice if they think they have been the victim of a phishing campaign, and NCSC technical experts are available 24/7 to provide assistance and support.”
Notes to editors
- Candidates and political parties can contact the NCSC 24/7 hotline if they think they have suffered a cyber attack. NCSC technical experts will provide them with advice, assistance and support. There is also free guidance on the NCSC website.
- This updated guidance is part of the NCSC’s ongoing cyber security guidance to political parties
- NCSC has previously provided and published advice and guidance to political parties, local authorities and the Electoral Commission, equipping them to protect against a wide variety of threats. This includes protecting bulk data sets that typically contain large amounts of personal data.