National Cyber Security Centre – very much in business

By | February 14, 2017

GCHQ’s new Cyber Security Centre, formally opened today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, has been operational since October 2016 and handled 188 ‘high-level’ cyber-attacks against the UK over the past three months.

Speaking at the opening, the Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:  “Britain is transforming its capabilities in cyber defence and deterrence. It’s crucial we take action now to defend ourselves and protect our economy.”‎

A large part of this work will involve collaboration with businesses.  The aim is to bring government and industry expertise together at scale to improve the identification of threats and vulnerabilities.  This, is expected to enable the development of mitigation advice and reduce the impact of future cyber attacks.

This NCSC ‘Industry 100’ initiative will embed (by open invitation) up to 100 personnel from industry by the end of the financial year 2017/18.   The expectation is that representation from industry will be from a diverse range of sectors, and from small to large scale enterprises.

In a report issued by NCSC to mark its launch, the centre detailed some of its early work that will lead to national scale harm reduction from cyber attacks against the UK.  Full details.