NISCCNorthern Ireland Social Care Council (UK)
NISCCNational Infrastructure Security Co-Ordination Centre (UK)
NISCCNairobi Informal Settlements Coordination Committee (Kenya)
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The NISCC was founded as the regulatory body for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland and was established in October 2001 under the Health and Personal Social Services Act (NI) 2001.
The attacks normally focused on individuals who have jobs working with commercially or economically sensitive data, according to the NISCC.
An NISCC spokesman could not tell the media how many computers were attacked or provide additional details.
The NISCC said it had noticed a 'recent increase in sophistication' in electronic attacks on the infrastructure which includes financial, telecommunications, energy, health and transport organisations.
The Home Office confirmed the NISCC, which issues regular advice, had been working with the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.
A spokesman at NISCC recognised that, as with any other technologically advanced society, the UK's critical national infrastructure is "increasingly vulnerable" to electronic attacks, though he added that nothing suggested a risk of widespread and disruptive electronic attack following the military campaign against Iraq.
The spokesman said hackers "may be motivated to carry out less sophisticated attacks such as website defacements or denial of service attacks, but that is not in the remit of NISCC." In other words, there may possibly be more digital attacks, but scope of target remains limited and the level of skill and efficacy of such attacks remains questionable.
An NISCC spokesperson confirmed the determination means Baker can only seek to re-register after five years.
The normally secretive NISCC took the unusual step of making the announcement because of the scale of the threat.
NISCC Chairman Dr Jeremy Harbison said: "Registration with the Council requires each worker to make a personal and professional commitment to high standards in their training and practice.
Health Minister, Jim Wells, MLA, today announced the appointment of four non-executive members and the extension of three non-executive members to the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).
Commenting on the working partnership between Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Skills for Care and Development, University of Ulster, Queens University of Belfast and Learning Pool to develop this new resource the Minister said; I want to congratulate the NISCC for being forward-looking in leading this project.