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Launch of the National Cyber Security Centre

The NCSC in London is designed to improve Britain's resilience to attacks and act as an operational nerve centre.

"We want to make the UK the hardest target," Ciaran Martin, the centre's chief executive, told the BBC.

The NCSC - part of intelligence agency GCHQ - says the UK is facing about 60 serious cyber-attacks a month.

There were 188 attacks classed by the NCSC as Category Two or Three during the last three months.

And even though the UK has not experienced a Category One attack - the highest level, an example of which would have been the theft of confidential details of millions of Americans from the Office of Personnel Management - there is no air of complacency at the NCSC's new headquarters in Victoria.

Read more on the BBC website, and download the cyber security report from the government website. This report is intended as a snapshot in time that dives into the past, present and future of cyber security in the UK.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle is also currently researching cyber crime and offers courses in securityThe School of Computing Science hosts one of the NCSC’s Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

The Secure and Resilient Systems research group in the School of Computing Science are putting the finishing touches on a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Cyber Security. The free online three-week course Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life will be running on the FutureLearn platform from 20th March. The course will introduce you to some of the current key topics in cyber security research and show how they relate to everyday life. We’ll look at how the move to online storage of personal data affects privacy, how online payments can be made safely, and how the proliferation of “smart” devices affect security. 

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published on: 14 February 2017