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National Cyber Security Centre publishes its 2020 Annual Review


Part of GCHQ, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was established in 2016 as part of the Government’s five-year National Cyber Security Strategy, in response to the need for a specialist focus on cyber security across the country.

Since its inception, NCSC has been working on making the UK the safest place to live and work online. They work closely with the UK Cyber Resilience Centre network, developing skills, trust and affordable support for cyber resilience adoption in SMEs and supply chain organisations all over the UK.

2020 has been a busy year for NCSC, with an increase in cyber threats driven by the coronavirus pandemic and the added stress of so many businesses moving to remote working.

Since the start of the year, NCSC have, among many other achievements:

  • Responded to 723 serious cyber incidents

  • Protected 200+ NHS trusts

  • Taken down 167,000 phishing scams

  • Removed 113,000 fake online shops

  • Blocked 22,000 malicious sites

Find out more about the work they’ve been doing across the UK and globally in this short interview with the CSC's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lindy Cameron:


The high value, free-of-charge tools provided by the NCSC in collaboration with the CRC Network are continually well received by Core members across the centres. Their feedback has consistently been positive, with members reporting that the resources made available to them are helping them learn more about how to manage and self-govern the cyber resilience needs of their organisations.

This report looks back on some of the key developments and highlights over the last five years of NCSC’s work. You can read the whole report on their website.