The National Cyber Security Centre becomes operational

Created:  03 Oct 2016
Updated:  03 Oct 2016
Press Release: Announcing the National Cyber Security Centre Issued 30th September 2016

The new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will begin its first day of operations on Monday 3rd October

The NCSC will be the UK’s authority on cyber security.  It is part of GCHQ and will bring together CESG – the Information Security arm of GCHQ – the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, CERT-UK and the Centre for Cyber Assessment, to form one organisation that will simplify the current cyber security landscape. The NCSC will begin its move to its London HQ in Victoria later this year and will be led by Chief Executive, Ciaran Martin, with a team of approximately 700 people. 

It is one part of an ambitious cyber security strategy to be unveiled by Ministers later this year and will focus on:

  • Understanding the cyber security environment, sharing knowledge and using that expertise to identify and address systematic vulnerabilities;
  • Reducing risks to the UK by working with public and private sector organisations to improve their cyber security;
  • Responding to cyber security incidents to reduce the harm they cause to the UK; and
  • Nurturing and growing our national cyber security capability, and provide leadership on critical national cyber security issues.

The first day marks a phased approach to building the NCSC’s capabilities during this Parliament.

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said: "London leads the world in so many ways already, it is only right that we establish the country's first Cyber Security Centre in the heart of the capital as Britain continues to lead in tackling this
global issue.

"Whilst retaining access to the world leading capabilities, partnerships and people of the intelligence community, this new centre will have an ‘open-door’ policy which will make it easier for businesses of all sizes to get the best support available for cyber issue."

Chief Executive of the NCSC, Ciaran Martin said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in shaping this new exciting organisation.

Our role is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. So we’re going to tackle the major threats from hostile states and criminal gangs.  But we’re also going to work tirelessly to automatically protect people from those smaller scale and deeply damaging attacks that cause so much disruption and frustration. We’ll also continue our work helping people and businesses understand better what they need to do to protect themselves.”


National Cyber Security Centre a part of GCHQ


Notes to Editors

1.Due to Parliament being in recess, formal written notification has been sent to the ISC

2. For more information about the NCSC, please read the prospectus

3. Ciaran Martin’s speech to the Billington Cyber Security Summit 

For more information please contact the NCSC Press Office on


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