The team was badly spooked, that much was clear. The bank was already reeling from two attacks on its systems, strikes that had brought it to a standstill and forced the cancellation of a high profile IPO.
The board had called in the team of security experts to brief them on the developing crisis. After listening to some of the mass of technical detail, the bank’s CEO cut to the chase.
“What should I tell the Prime Minister when I get to Cobra?” he demanded, a reference to the emergency committee the government had set up as it scrambled to respond to what was looking increasingly like a coordinated cyberattack.