The National Cyber Security Centre

Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. Read more about the NCSC.

The National Cyber Security Centre a part of GCHQ

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2018

Registration is now open for the CyberFirst Girls Competition 2018!

Sian G blogs about the 2018 competition and what it means for the cyber security industry.

The NCSC's 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition's registration has today gone live.

New guidance from the NCSC describes techniques you can use to manage cyber security risks.

Risk management

NCSC advice on processor vulnerabilities

Latest statement from the NCSC regarding reports of potential flaws affecting computer processors.

Guidance for enterprise administrators in relation to the recently published processor vulnerabilities ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’

Guidance for home users in relation to the recently published processor vulnerabilities ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’

Managing the risk of cloud-enabled products

NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin writes to permanent secretaries regarding the issue of supply chain risk in cloud-based products, including anti-virus (AV) software.

Guidance outlining the risks of locally installed products interacting with cloud services, and suggestions to help organisations manage this risk.

NCSC Technical Director Ian Levy explains why new guidance on cloud-enabled products (including AV) requires a nuanced approach.

Cyber Essentials helps you to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.

Cyber Essentials

NCSC's Small Business Guide now available

A series of videos that introduce the NCSC's cyber security guidance for small businesses.

How to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost.

Why you should protect your organisation's data, assets, and reputation from the growing online threat. 

Press & Media

An NCSC statement on the reported Apple vulnerability.

The National Cyber Security Centre's Alison Whitney was handed the Digital Award at the Civil Service awards last night.

Registration for the 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition opens today.

Active Cyber Defence

Four ‘Active Cyber Defence’ programmes will help to immediately improve basic cyber security across UK business and government departments.

Ian Levy explains why the NCSC asked Nominet to build this critical service.

Introducing Web Check — a service that helps you find and fix common vulnerabilities in UK public sector websites you manage.


All of our courses are carefully designed to bring out every student’s potential and inspire them to consider opportunities in cyber security. The courses are free; aimed at 11–17 year-olds; and offer are a mix of residential and non-residential at universities and colleges across mainland UK.

New course added for CyberFirst Adventurers - bookings now open.

Last year's competition was a great success - so we're running it again! If you're in year 8 or S2 find a teacher who is willing to support you and get your team together.

Registration will open 16 January 2018.

CyberFirst offers students a real choice after their A Levels. A CyberFirst Bursary offers undergraduates £4,000 per year financial assistance and paid cyber security work experience. A CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship allows undergraduates to earn whilst they learn.

The application process for a Bursary or Apprenticeship is now closed.

NCSC industry 100 copyright NCSC

At the NCSC we are inviting organisations of all sizes to work with us to achieve a greater understanding of the cyber security environment.

See more about our role after the NIS Directive's implementation, and how we'll be helping those designated operators of essential services and competent authorities

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Find out about the NCSC...

The NCSC is making the UK one of the safest places in the world to live and do business online.

Read about the key events that lead to the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre.

Find out who makes up the NCSC leadership team. 

Services and resources

Cyber Aware provides cyber security advice for small businesses and individuals. By using strong passwords made up of three random words and always downloading the latest software updates, you can help protect your devices from cyber criminals.

Protect your business against cyber threats. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed and industry-supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Essentials is for all organisations, of all sizes, and in all sectors - we encourage all to adopt the requirements as appropriate to their business.

Join our community on CiSP. CiSP allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure and dynamic environment, while operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information.