NCSC will be operational from October 2016

Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has confirmed that the new the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced by the Chancellor in November will open its doors in October 2016.  Ciaran Martin, currently Director General Cyber at GCHQ will lead it and Dr Ian Levy, currently Technical Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ, will be its Technical Director. The aim of the NCSC is bring together the UK’s cyber expertise and transform how the UK tackles cyber security issues.   It will be the authoritative voice on information security in the UK.

One of the NCSC’s first tasks will be to work with the Bank of England to produce advice for the financial sector for managing cyber security.

Matt Hancock commented that, “in establishing the National Cyber Security Centre, we are creating a body devoted to cyber security and this will transform the UK’s approach to an issue that affects us all”.

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