The National Cyber Security Centre has celebrated its first anniversary of being operational and have released their first annual review.

The National Cyber Security Centre has been operational for 12 months and released their first annual report this week, which stated that it has prevented thousands of cyber attacks.

The report outlines that since its inception it has received 1,131 cyber incident reports, whereby 590 were classed as significant and 30 were assessed as needing a cross-government response coordinated by the NCSC. Attacks deemed significant include, the wannacry attack which affected 47 NHS trusts and Foundation Trusts in May 2017 and the cyber attack on UK Parliament in June 2017. 

In June 2017 they also launched the Active Cyber Defence programme, which aims to improve basic cyber security measures within the public sector. The four core services provided through the program include:

  1. Blocking Fake Emails: (reportedly blocking at least 120,000 emails from a fake @gov.uk address)
  2. Stopping Government Systems veering onto malicious websites. 
  3. WebCheck: helping bodies easily fix website problems. 
  4. Phishing and Malware countermeasures service: (reportedly reducing the average time a phishing site is online from 27 hours to just 1 hour). 

Amongst supporting other initiatives and programmes throughout the year, their initial focus was on central government, Ciaran Martin (Chief Executive Officer of NCSC) says "so much of our work aims to make successful attacks less likely. A core part of this work is in protecting national assets". Nonetheless, they want to ensure they support all sectors of the economy. In response to this they have created a team to reach out to the voluntary sector, educational institutions and SMEs. 

The report outlines other key areas, including building partnerships in industries such as retail and encouraging young professionals into the sector. 

The full report is available on the National Cyber Security Centre Website here 

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