The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) received a total of 1,131 incident reports, with 590 classed as ‘significant’ since it was founded last year, according to its first annual report.

Part of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the NCSC said it brought together elements of its parent organisation with previously separate parts of government and intelligence to “create a single, one stop shop for UK cyber security”.

The report revealed that although there is a great deal of work left to do, the NCSC has prevented thousands of attacks, provided vital support for the UK’s Armed Forces and managed hundreds of incidents.

It was announced that tens of millions of attacks are blocked every week by industry partners implementing NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence programme, while more than 200,000 protective items were produced for Armed Forces communications.

According to the organisation, it has also made an impact on the future of cyber security by helping to foster a talent pipeline for the next generation of experts, as well as working with business and academia to create a culture where technology can thrive.

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the NCSC, said: “Cyber security is crucial to our national security and to our prosperity. We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved in our first year at the National Cyber Security Centre, bringing together some of the best cyber security brains in the country in a single place.

“But the threat remains very real and growing – further attacks will happen and there is much more for us to do to make the UK the safest place in the world to live and do business online.”

He went on to add that the NCSC looks forward to working with our partners at home and abroad in the year ahead in order to achieve its goal.

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