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NCSC warns over use of Russian IT security products by government agencies

UK government body, the NCSC has issued a letter warning against agencies using software from "hostile" states - which again hits Kaspersky Lab, following US government ban - but considered safe for general public.

NCSC head blames Russia for cyber-attacks

The head of the UK GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Wednesday accused Russia of staging attacks on critical infrastructure and other sectors within the past year.

Cyber-attack threat as important as fighting terrorism says GCHQ

"Digital is the new frontline of national security, commented Rob Norris in response to reports of GCHQ head Jeremy Fleming describing how keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism.

Industrial tech security association set up, NCSC calls for cooperation

Last Thursday saw the official launch of the International Operation Technology Security Association (Iotsa) where John Noble, director of network management at the UK's NCSC called for industry cooperation and incident reporting.

NCSC 1st year: 1,000 attacks - 'shocking' level, or 'is that all?'

NCSC annual review: 1,131 attacks reported - thus two significant attacks per day, with 590 classed as significant and more than 30 requiring a cross-government response - industry reaction varies.

Tier one incident expected, Government cyber-specs likely - NCSC

We can expect to see a cyber-security incident at a category one level within the next few years. The government specifying what it will buy is an effective way of changing the market - Ian Levy, technical director, NCSC

CREST/IISP Con: We have tools to fix it so why's the internet still broken?

Malicious hackers are taking advantage of broken internet infrastructure that could be fixed, said NCSC technical director Ian Levy in his keynote speech yesterday at CRESTCon & IISP Congress 2017.

ICYMI: UK threats grow, TalkTalk2, something phishy at HSBC and more

In Case You Missed It: UK threat grows says NCSC, TalkTalk customers report fraud calls, HSBC customers being phished, NHS Wales breached, and the latest Web browser exploits.

CyberUK 2017: Establishing the parameters of cyber-security and trust

The NCSC gathered an expert panel for the beginning of its CyberUK 2017 conference in Liverpool yesterday. SC Media UK's Tom Reeve was on hand to witness the debate.

CyberUK 2017: GCHQ director explains NCSC ethos in parting interview

Outgoing director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, tells the FT's Lionel Barber about the genesis of the National Cyber Security Centre and what he hopes it will achieve.

Report: Cyber-threat to UK business is "significant and growing"

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC said cyber-attacks will continue to evolve, which is why the UK public and private sectors must work together "at pace" to reduce the cyber-threat.

ICYMI: Uni-DDoS; AI detection; Dentists hit; Nuke strategy, NCSC opens

In Case You Missed It: Uni self-DDoSed; AI beats signature detection; Health sector targeted?; New UK nuclear cyber-strategy; NCSC officially opened.

Queen opens NCSC headquarters, ushering in new era in cyber-security

The Queen officially opened the National Cyber Security Centre today amid hopes by the government that the new organisation will help make the UK the safest place in the world to do business.

MPs claim gov not taking swift action to consolidate UK cyber-defences

MPs have lambasted the government for its slow approach to consolidating law enforcement agencies' cyber-attack and data breach response.

ICYMI: NCSC, FSB, ATM malware, D-link routers and the ICO

This week: the NCSC, Russian intelligence to decrypt internet traffic, (ba)d-link routers, ICO urges action on GDPR, and ATM malware gang member.

National Cyber Security Centre HQ operational

The UK's new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) officially opens for business today as a public-facing part of GCHQ that acts as a focal point for the government to deliver authoritative advice on tackling cyber-security issues.

GCHQ planning use of DNS filters to curb cyber-attacks

Boss of GCHQ and the new NCSC has revealed plans that the spy agencies are planning to partner with UK ISPs to use DNS filtering to curb cyber-attacks.

New NCSC partnering with Bank of England for cyber-security in finance

When it opens later this year, the UK's new national cyber centre (NCSC) will be collaborating with the Bank of England in regard to new cyber-security guidance for financial firms.