It has been one year since the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened NCSC during a visit to its operational nerve centre in central London.
The NCSC was established in October 2016 to support the UK’s ambition, outlined in the National Cyber Security Strategy, to make the country the safest place to live and do business online.
In 2017 we responded to 603 significant cyber incidents, ranging from attacks on key national institutions like the NHS and UK Parliament, through to attacks on large and small businesses. A crucial part of the NCSC’s role is to help everyone to operate more securely online, and our information-sharing platform with industry (CiSP) grew by 43% over the year.
But we also create dynamic solutions to prevent as many attacks as possible getting through in the first place. Since launching the pioneering Active Cyber Defence programme, the UK’s share of visible global phishing attacks dropped from 5.3% (June 2016) to 2.9% (Nov 2017), 121,479 phishing sites hosted in the UK have been removed (and an additional 18,067 worldwide spoofing UK government) and takedown availability times for sites spoofing government brands down from 42 hours to 10 hours.
We have helped to nurture the next generation of cyber security experts through our CyberFirst courses and has also enjoyed great success inspiring young women with the CyberFirst Girls competition.
To learn more about what the NCSC has achieved over the past year then its Annual Review can be read here. The NCSC’s ACD programme has also recently reported results from its first year.