What does the NCSC do and how can it help UK enterprises?

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a wide remit and range of initiatives and services. How can UK enterprises work with the NCSC to make their own networks more secure?

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What is the NCSC?

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is a government organization that helps protect the public and private sector from cyberattacks and deal with cyber incidents, especially to those on critical national infrastructure and the government.

Though its parent agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) traces its roots back to the end of the first world war, NCSC’s history is much more recent.  

In 2015 the government announced a new five-year £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy, which included the founding of the NCSC to provide “a hub of world-class, user-friendly expertise for businesses and individuals” as well as rapid response to incidents.

The NCSC, which launched in October 2016, brought together the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) – the information security arm of GCHQ – the cybersecurity functions of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the CERT-UK Computer Emergency Response Team, and the Centre for Cyber Assessment (CCA) which provided cyber threat assessments for government departments to help inform policy decisions, all under one roof. “We're trying to secure the entirety of the UK from everybody — from states, cyber criminals, whatever the threat is,” says Chichester. “We want to be a one-stop shop for anybody in the UK, so you name an organisation in the UK and they should be able to come the NCSC and get some kind of advice. That might be our website, it might be by directly engaging with us.”

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