GCHQ Cyber Security Centre Opens
February 14, 2017
government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ and
will use a new London office as its operational nerve centre.
At the launch, NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin delivered a
speech where he will outlined how the organization aims to reduce the
cyber threat to critical services, identify and address vulnerabilities
and provide expert incident management when a major attack does occur.
NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin said:
“Our job is to make the UK the safest place to live and do business
“We will help secure our critical services, lead the response to the
most serious incidents and improve the underlying security of the
Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and
“We want to be at the centre of a new era of online opportunity and help
people to feel as safe as possible when using technology to its fullest
The government is fully committed to defending against cyber threats and
a five year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) was announced in
November 2016, supported by £1.9 billion of transformational investment.
Speaking at the launch, the Chancellor will announce the creation of
Industry 100 – a pioneering initiative that will grant 100 highly
competitive NCSC secondments to private sector staff who will work in
the centre to bring innovation that wouldn’t have been possible without
The Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:
“As Chancellor I know how significant our digital sector is for the UK
economy - worth over £118 billion per year.
“This cutting-edge centre will cement our position as world leader in
cyber security and work carried out here will ensure our country remains
resilient to potential attacks.
“Britain is transforming its capabilities in cyber defense and
deterrence. It’s crucial we take action now to defend ourselves and
protect our economy.”
While the new NCSC office was officially opened today, the organization
has been mitigating against attacks and responding to incidents since
In a report issued by the organization to mark its launch, the NCSC
detailed some of its early work that will lead to national scale harm
reduction from cyber attacks against the UK.
The organization has delivered trial services that proactively discover
vulnerabilities in public sector websites, help government departments
better manage spoofing of their email and taken down tens of thousands
of phishing sites affecting the UK.
The NCSC has worked with key critical infrastructure providers to assess
and improve their security and the improved incident management process
has helped victims better manage the impact of successful cyber attacks.
NCSC Technical Director Dr Ian Levy said:
“We’re actively working to reduce the harm caused by cyber attacks
against the UK and will use the government as a guinea pig for all the
measures we want to see done by industry at national scale.
“This includes everything from free website vulnerability scanning for
public sector and proactively taking down tens of thousands of phishing
sites, to our world leading CyberFirst campaign to encourage teenagers
to become tomorrow’s cyber security pioneers.
initiatives illustrate the sort of cutting edge innovation the NCSC will
spearhead to make Britain as safe as possible to both live and work
online – and we’ll do it transparently, driven by evidence and
publishing our results.”
Incidents will still happen, and when they do the NCSC website offers
advice and information, including support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
365 days a year for incidents that need that level of engagement.
The NCSC will work closely with law enforcement and the wider public
sector, including the National Crime Agency (NCA) to support cyber
security awareness campaigns.
The NCSC is tirelessly committed to enhancing the UK’s reputation of
being a world centre for cyber security research, innovation and skills.
The popular CyberFirst programme is inspiring, encouraging and
developing a cyber-savvy cohort of students to help protect the UK’s