The National Cyber Security Centre, One Year On

Last week the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) celebrated its first year of operation. The initial reports of the past 12 months indicate the great work being conducted by the NCSC, making the UK one of the safest place to live and work online.

The NCSC, an arm of GCHQ, bought together several elements of its parent organisation, with past parts of government and intelligence services to create a ‘one stop shop’ for cyber security in the UK. Whilst we can all acknowledge there is still a way to go in the world of Cyber security, it is worth recognising the work that has been achieved within the last 12 months.

More than 1,000 incidents were reported to the NCSC within its first year in operation, with the centre reporting more than half of the incidents posed a significant threat, however none of the threats were graded as a category one (interference with the democratic system or critical infrastructure.)

All together 1,131 attacks were reported, 590 of these were classed as significant and more than 30 of known attacks assessed serious enough to require cross-government responses.

Ciaran Martin, Head of NCSC has praised the work achieved so far, “We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the first year…” however he was not complacent in the work load ahead “the threat remains very real and growing – further attacks will happen and there is much more for us to do to make the UK the safest place in the world to live and do business online.”

Whilst work continues to happen to make the UK a safer place online, there are steps that you can take both at home and at work to ensure that you remain safe and secure online. For any further information contact the team for any help or advice on 01684377980.

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