National Cyber Security Centre launched in UK
- 16th February 2017
- Innovation & Technology
The UK Government has launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of UK-based intelligence agency GCHQ.
It aims to provide the UK with protection from cyber threats and hackers, making it easier for people to do business online.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, and government ministers were amongst those who attended the launch of the centre.
The centre’s goal is to make improvements to cyber security and resilience in order to reduce the risk of digital attacks to the government, businesses, the economy, and the rest of the UK.
NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin stated that its job is to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
According to Phillip Hammond, the digital sector is worth over £118 billion per year, making it significant for the UK economy.
“This cutting-edge centre will cement our position as world leader in cyber security and work carried out here will ensure our country remains resilient to potential attacks,” he said.
He added that Britain is changing its capabilities in deterrence and cyber defence, and it is vital that action is taken now in order to defend the country and protect the economy.
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