Government Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is part of the United Kingdom Government and provides advice and support for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats. It became operational in October 2016, and its parent organisation is GCHQ.

“Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online”.

“NCSC support the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry, SMEs as well as the general public. When incidents do occur, we provide effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future”.

More specifically, the NCSC:

  • understands cyber security, and distils this knowledge into practical guidance made available to all
  • responds to cyber security incidents to reduce the harm caused to organisations and the wider UK
  • uses industry and academic expertise to nurture the UK’s cyber security capability
  • reduces risks to the UK by securing public and private sector networks


Year Three Highlight Statistics

  • Handled 658 incidents
  • Provided support to almost 900 victim organisations
  • Produced 154 threat assessments
  • Took down 177,335 phishing URLs, 62.4% of which were removed within 24 hours
  • 8 million visitors to the NCSC’s website
  • Added more than 5,000 new members onto the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership
  • Produced 108,411 physical items for 170 customers through the UK Key Production Authority
  • Produced 34 pieces of guidance and 69 blogs
  • Awarded 14,234 Cyber
    Essentials certificates
  • Enabled 2,886 small businesses across the UK to do simulated cyber exercising for themselves
  • Challenged 11,802 girls in the 2019 CyberFirst Girls Competition
  • Engaged with 2,614 students on the NCSC’s CyberFirst courses
  • Supported 250 extra teaching hours of computer science across 4 schools through Cyber Schools Hub activities
  • Delivered, along with sector and law enforcement partners, cyber security awareness and training sessions to more than 2,700 charities 20 countries visited by the NCSC Welcomed visiting delegations from 56 countries Hosted 197 events, with more than 9,000 attendees

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