On February 14th, Her Majesty, The Queen officially opened The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London.
The UK’s cyber centre will enable generations to navigate the Internet safely and be protected from the growing threat of online attack. The NCSC will draw from parent body GCHQ’s world class skills. GCHQ is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security. It also works to protect UK forces wherever they are deployed and, through the NCSC, is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.
NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin said:
“Our job is to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
“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 organisations.
“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 potential.”
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.
During a tour of the building, the Royal Party were joined by the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer and Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock.
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 defence and deterrence. It’s crucial we take action now to defend ourselves and protect our economy.”
You can read more about the launch and the work of the NCSC here
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