Setting out in stark terms that the UK faces a growing threat of cyber-attacks from “states, serious crime gangs, hacking groups as well as terrorists”, Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock announced the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on 18 March 2016. Led by current Director General for Cyber at GCHQ, Ciaran Martin, the NCSC has been set up to ensure that people, public and private sector organisations and the critical national infrastructure of the UK are safer online. It will bring the UK’s cyber expertise together to transform how the UK tackles cyber security issues and seeks to establish itself as the authoritative voice on information security in the UK.
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) cites cyber threat as a critical issue. “Given Cyberspace lies at the heart of modern society; it impacts our personal lives, our businesses and our essential services”. Cyber security embraces both the public and the private sector and spans a broad range of issues related to national security, whether through terrorism, crime or industrial espionage.