Experts from the UK Government’s lead cyber security authority shared threat intelligence with counterparts in Scotland during a visit to Edinburgh today (Wednesday, 28 February).
Delegates from GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) met senior Scottish Government ministers and executives, as well as industry representatives, to discuss keeping Scotland and the rest of the UK protected from online attacks.
The visit saw the NCSC outline its assessment of the current cyber threat and its likely evolution, the role for government and organisations in addressing the threat, and areas for better joint working.
Speaking after the visit, Ciaran Martin, NCSC Chief Executive, said:
“The National Cyber Security Centre continues to work ever closer with the Scottish Government.
“We welcome Scotland’s commitment to improving its cyber security, underpinned by our world-leading technical expertise, and the steps being taking to strengthen public and private sector organisations through the Scottish Government’s cyber resilience action plans are hugely encouraging.”
The NCSC team also toured Zonefox, an award-winning Scottish cyber security company, and met industry representatives to discuss the country’s cyber industry and how NCSC can continue to support Scottish organisations.
Earlier, Ciaran Martin kicked off the visit with a keynote speech on evolving cyber threats at the Public Sector Cyber Security 2018 Scotland conference.
This was followed by a series of discussions on the NCSC’s role, priorities and work in Scotland with senior Scottish Government ministers and members of the Scottish Resilience Partnership and Scottish Government Executive Team.
The UK Government is fully committed to defending against cyber threats and address the cyber skills gap to develop and grow talent. As part of this, the NCSC recently held its first CyberFirst Adventurers course – aimed encouraging 11 to 14-year-olds to take up computer science – in Stirling.
A five-year UK National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) was announced in November 2016, supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment.
The NCSC provides a single, central body for cyber security at a UK level and aims to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. It manages national cyber security incidents, carries out real-time threat analysis and provide tailored sectoral advice.
Incidents will still happen, and when they do the NCSC website offers advice and information, including support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for incidents that need that level of engagement.