Colossus

Congratulations, you cracked the code in our very first Annual Report! Here's some further information on the history of the NCSC, more about our CyberFirst initiatives and careers at the NCSC.

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Colossus

Why Colossus?

Colossus was the world's first programmable electronic digital computer. Developed by Tommy Flowers and British codebreakers to allow them to read German coded messages during World War II between 1943 and 1945.

This spirit has led to the NCSC being at the forefront of cyber security helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

Careers at the NCSC

At the National Cyber Security Centre, we provide world-class advice and consultancy services to a variety of government and industry customers globally. Join us and you’ll help to ensure that the technologies used across the UK protect the information they carry. It’s complex, challenging and high-profile work, keeping critical IT infrastructure, data, systems and communications safe and secure against a variety of threats.

Please visit the Civil Service Jobs website for details of current vacancies and don't forget to follow us on Twitter for updates.

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CyberFirst

Under the CyberFirst brand, we support the development of the UK's next generation of cyber professionals. Our student bursary and apprenticeship schemes, courses for 11-17 year olds and girls competition are helping us to nurture talent for a future in cyber security.

CyberFirst will inspire, support and develop the UK's potential cyber security talent.

Find out more

Our History

We are a new organisation, but our creation has not come from a sudden overnight rush of cyber awakening. Over the last century, many milestones – including numerous ones heavily influenced by our parent organisation GCHQ – have brought us to this point, and we must prepare for many more changes.

You can learn more by visiting our dedicated history page.

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NCSC history since 1919