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The National Cyber Security Centre in London opens on Tuesday, aimed at protecting the UK against cyber attacks.

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The centre allow the government to draw on private-sector expertise and vice-versa.

GCHQ s National Cyber Security Centre NCSC , which is to be officially opened on Tuesday by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, plans to train staff from the private sector in order to help bring the private sector into the fight against Internet-based attacks.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the centre will invite businesses to second up to 100 staff, allowing the government to draw on private-sector expertise and vice-versa.

We will invite business to second up to 100 employees to come and work in the NCSC – allowing us to draw on the best and the brightest in industry – to test and challenge the government s thinking, he is to say at the opening.

And for these people to then return to the private sector and draw on their experience at NCSC to drive change within industry.

The government alone cannot protect businesses and the general public from the risks of cyber-attack , he is to say.

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James Woodson 2017-05-17
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p Candidates in the general election have been asked to look through their emails for signs that they have been targeted by a phishing attack.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, disclosed the request in a document released early on 16 May.

Candidates have been asked to look for suspicious emails received after Jan 2017.

In a document titled Phishing: guidance for political parties and their staff, the centre says it has "become aware of phishing attacks to gain access to the online accounts of individuals that were MPs before dissolution of Parliament" and "other staff who work in political parties".

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The NCSC said the attacks were likely to continue "and may be sent to parliamentary email addresses, prospective parliamentary candidates, and party staff".

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Janet Gaines 2016-05-25
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Government announces GCHQ s National Cyber Security Centre to provide businesses with security guidance

The British government is setting up a National Cyber Security Centre NCSC to act as a one-stop-shop for businesses seeking advice and support when dealing with cyber security issues.

The centre will be managed by GCHQ, and was revealed today by the Minister for Cabinet Office Matt Hancock MP in a speech to a cyber security conference in London.

He pointed out that the vast majority of the UK s Critical National Infrastructure is operated by the private sector.

And to this end, the NCSC will help the business community.

This level 3 qualification, equivalent to an AS Level, teaches the basics of cyber security in three months, and can be studied in schools, colleges or through the Challenge itself, he said.

We re already one of the top 5 exporters in the world, and the global market is growing by 20 percent a year, said Hancock.

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William Gonzales 2016-09-30
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The nation s first centre dedicated to combating cyber criminals opens next week, as the threat of online attacks continues to rise.

Intelligence bosses at the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC will target terrorists, hackers and online gangs from their base in central London.

The new organisation was created to both respond to attacks and reduce the risk of future threats, while also providing leadership in cyber security.

Our role is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online said CEO of the centre Ciaran Martin.

So we re going to tackle the major threats from hostile states and criminal gangs.

But we re also going to work tirelessly to automatically protect people from those smaller scale and deeply damaging attacks that cause so much disruption and frustration.

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Calvin Muchow 2017-06-16
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Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly attributed the WannaCry malware, which affected the NHS and other organisations worldwide in May, to the North Korean-affiliated hacking team Lazarus Group.

The NCSC investigation reached the same conclusion based on its own research, the source said, adding no evidence had emerged of anyone else being involved.

Private companies have reverse-engineered the code, but the British assessment was apparently based on wider information.

According to the firm, an earlier version of WannaCry, named “Wanna Decryptor v1.0”, was being distributed in a way that shared code with an earlier piece of malware called Brambul.

The same code overlap was also seen in another piece of malware used to attack the Polish banking regulator KNF, another operation attributed by SecureWorks to the Lazarus group.

The core of WannaCry was an exploit first discovered by the NSA, before being stolen and posted online by an anonymous entity named The Shadow Brokers.

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Steven Kopicko 2016-09-30

The UK is going to be fighting the war against cyber attacks from a new HQ in London.

The Evening Standard has revealed that the new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC will be based near Victoria Station, and the centre will be tasked with protecting the UK from cyber attacks all over the world.

It was reported that specialist teams from the City, Whitehall, intelligence and security services, energy, telecoms and other parts of the national infrastructure and businesses will be joining the NCSC in the fight against cyber terrorists and criminals.

In total, the NCSC will have 700 staff and more than half will be based at the new HQ.

The creation of the new agency was announced by then-chancellor George Osborne, in November last year.

He also pledged to increase the country s cyber security budget, because of the threats from abroad, while also adding new staff to the UK s intelligence agencies.

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Issac Pierce 2017-03-14
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The NCSC and the NCA have warned that smartphones, televisions and fitness trackers are the next likely targets for ransomware crooks

Personal devices such as smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers are the next frontier for the online attackers behind a growing wave of ransomware, according to a joint study by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Ransomware, which encrypts all the data it finds on a user’s system and demands a payment to restore access, affected organisations across a wide range of sectors last year, and “the rise of internet connected devices gives attackers more opportunity” said the NCSC and the NCA in their 2016/17 report on the cyber threat to UK business.

Attackers could target any data users might be willing to pay to have restored.

“Ransomware on connected watches, fitness trackers and TVs will present a challenge to manufacturers, and it is not yet known whether customer support will extend to assisting with unlocking devices and providing advice on whether to pay a ransom,” the study said.

Such smart devices are still “inherently more difficult” to attack than PCs and laptops, meaning incidents may initially be limited to users who download applications from unsecured third-party online shops, according to the report.

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Jeremy Green 2016-10-03
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The National Cyber Security Centre will focus on boosting the UK s cyber defense rather than offensive capabilities

The UK s National Cyber Security Centre NCSC has opened and will act as the front-line base for providing government organisations and UK-based businesses with advice on how to defend against cyber threats.

Based in London s Victoria, the centre is being headed-up by ex-director general of cyber at GCHQ, Ciaran Martin.

The centre s primary focus is on cyber defense rather than offensive capabilities, which tend to be the domain of GCHQ.

It will look to tack issues such as online security, curtailing intellectual property theft and raising awareness across public and private sector organisations on how to mitigate cyber threats.

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Owen Grundy 2017-02-12
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Britain has faced 188 high-level cyberattacks in the last three months, with attempts by Russian and Chinese state-sponsored hackers currently under investigation, says a leading security chief.

Ciaran Martin, who is the chief executive of the new National Cyber Security Centre opening in February 2017, said "many" of the attacks "threatened national security".

Hackers are said to be "getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector", said Martin in a Sunday Times report.

A surge in attacks from Russia has also been noted by the security boss.

"Over the last two years there has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyberspace," he said.

"Part of that step change has been a series of attacks on political institutions, political parties, parliamentary organisations, and that's all very well evidenced by our international partners and widely accepted."

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David Sandoval 2017-01-06
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GCHQ has gone on a £422,073 $522,779 hiring spree in a bid to defend the UK's universities, charities and small businesses, figures compiled by IBTimes UK on Friday 6 January show.

The National Cyber Security Centre NCSC is looking to recruit desk officers, team leaders, a deputy team head and strategy and impact lead.

The roles are part of NCSC's new economy and society team, which is responsible for cybersecurity across the private, voluntary and public sectors.

These "have not previously benefited from this kind of government help", according to NCSC.

The recruitment drive comes after senior Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the Treasury Select Committee, called on the head of the NCSC to make cyber defence of financial services industry a top priority.

"It is essential that the intelligence community gives the regulators the technical and practical support they need to do their job," Tyrie wrote in December.

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Mark Moore 2017-01-18
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Government surveillance agency GCHQ is running a tech skills competition for teenage girls as part of an initiative designed to encourage more women to join the fight to protect the UK from cyberattacks and hackers.

Reflecting a gender balance issue in the technology sector as a whole, women make up just ten percent of the global cybersecurity workforce.

Orchestrated by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre, the competition looks to knock down barriers to entry into the profession by inviting girls between the ages of 13 and 15 to enter in teams of four.

They will have their cybersecurity skills tested against other schoolgirls from across the UK in a series of online challenges.

The best ten teams will be invited to a national final set to take place in London at the end of March.

There they'll compete against each other to investigate what's described as 'suspicious cyber activity' and attempt to solve who is behind a crime.

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James Baichan 2017-03-14
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Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned.

Ransomware, which makes devices unusable until their owners pay to unlock them, has become increasingly prevalent in the past year, they say.

The joint report from the NCA and the NCSC says cyber crime is becoming more aggressive.

Any devices containing personal data such as photos, that people consider sufficiently valuable to pay for, are likely to be targeted by criminals.

Such devices often have limited security built in.

In their report, aimed at businesses, the agencies say: "This data may not be inherently valuable, and might not be sold on criminal forums but the device and data will be sufficiently valuable to the victim that they will be willing to pay for it.

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Scott Mayle 2016-09-16
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Cyber chief calls for 'offensive' weapons

The head of the UK s new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC has detailed plans to move the UK to "active cyber-defence", to better protect government networks and improve the UK s overall security.

The strategy update by NCSC chief exec Ciaran Martin comes just weeks before the new centre is due to open next month and days after the publication of a damning report by the National Audit Office into the UK government s current approach to digital security.

Martin called for the "development of lawful and carefully governed offensive cyber capabilities to combat and deter the most aggressive threats".

Active cyber defence means hacking back against attackers to disrupt assaults, in US parlance at least.

During his speech at the Billington Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC, NCSC's Martin also floated the idea of sharing government network security tools such as DNS filters with private-sector ISPs, as previously reported.

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Eric Billiter 2017-02-13
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The UK is hit by dozens of serious threats to national cyber-security each month, says NCSC head Ciaran Martin

Ciaran Martin, the head of GCHQ s new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC , has warned the UK is being bombarded by dozens of serious cyber-attacks each month.

Ahead of the NCSC s official opening by the Queen on Tuesday, Martin highlighted increased attacks by Russia against Western countries – something also spoken of by US national security officials in recent weeks.

Russian state-backed hackers are increasingly looking to steal personal data from soft targets in the West, such as local councils and charities, and research secrets from universities, Martin said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Separately, chancellor Phillip Hammond wrote in The Sunday Telegraph the NCSC had blocked 34,550 potential attacks on government departments and members of the public in the past six months, or on average about 200 incidents per day.

In the case of government departments, it is getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector, he said.

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Jermaine Dusenbery 2017-02-06
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A number of cybersecurity firms are pushing back against recent comments made by a director at UK intelligence agency GCHQ, who accused them of using an exaggerated fear of hacking, especially state-sponsored threats, to flog products.

Dr Ian Levy, speaking at the US-based 'Enigma' conference on 3 February, said: "We are allowing massively incentivised companies to define the public perception of the hacking problem."

He criticised an overuse of the term advanced persistent threat APT , which typically includes hackers backed by a government or state.

As reported by The Register, he said: "You end up with a narrative that basically says 'you lot are too stupid to understand this and only I can possibly help you' so buy my magic amulet and you'll be fine.'

Referencing the hack of UK telecom TalkTalk in 2015, Dr Levy maintained that the majority of successful cyberattacks and hacks are not that sophisticated, still using rudimentary – but reliable - tactics such as SQL injections or email phishing to infect computers.

"The perception that witchcraft or secret methods of intrusion are in play is nonsense," said Philip Lieberman, chief executive of Lieberman Software.

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Brad Patterson 2017-02-14
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The National Cyber Security Centre in London opens on Tuesday, aimed at protecting the UK against cyber attacks.

James Woodson 2017-05-17
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p Candidates in the general election have been asked to look through their emails for signs that they have been targeted by a phishing attack.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, disclosed the request in a document released early on 16 May.

Candidates have been asked to look for suspicious emails received after Jan 2017.

In a document titled Phishing: guidance for political parties and their staff, the centre says it has "become aware of phishing attacks to gain access to the online accounts of individuals that were MPs before dissolution of Parliament" and "other staff who work in political parties".

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The NCSC said the attacks were likely to continue "and may be sent to parliamentary email addresses, prospective parliamentary candidates, and party staff".

William Gonzales 2016-09-30
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The nation s first centre dedicated to combating cyber criminals opens next week, as the threat of online attacks continues to rise.

Intelligence bosses at the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC will target terrorists, hackers and online gangs from their base in central London.

The new organisation was created to both respond to attacks and reduce the risk of future threats, while also providing leadership in cyber security.

Our role is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online said CEO of the centre Ciaran Martin.

So we re going to tackle the major threats from hostile states and criminal gangs.

But we re also going to work tirelessly to automatically protect people from those smaller scale and deeply damaging attacks that cause so much disruption and frustration.

Steven Kopicko 2016-09-30

The UK is going to be fighting the war against cyber attacks from a new HQ in London.

The Evening Standard has revealed that the new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC will be based near Victoria Station, and the centre will be tasked with protecting the UK from cyber attacks all over the world.

It was reported that specialist teams from the City, Whitehall, intelligence and security services, energy, telecoms and other parts of the national infrastructure and businesses will be joining the NCSC in the fight against cyber terrorists and criminals.

In total, the NCSC will have 700 staff and more than half will be based at the new HQ.

The creation of the new agency was announced by then-chancellor George Osborne, in November last year.

He also pledged to increase the country s cyber security budget, because of the threats from abroad, while also adding new staff to the UK s intelligence agencies.

Jeremy Green 2016-10-03
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The National Cyber Security Centre will focus on boosting the UK s cyber defense rather than offensive capabilities

The UK s National Cyber Security Centre NCSC has opened and will act as the front-line base for providing government organisations and UK-based businesses with advice on how to defend against cyber threats.

Based in London s Victoria, the centre is being headed-up by ex-director general of cyber at GCHQ, Ciaran Martin.

The centre s primary focus is on cyber defense rather than offensive capabilities, which tend to be the domain of GCHQ.

It will look to tack issues such as online security, curtailing intellectual property theft and raising awareness across public and private sector organisations on how to mitigate cyber threats.

Fotolia: Technology Security freshidea 39053413

David Sandoval 2017-01-06
img

GCHQ has gone on a £422,073 $522,779 hiring spree in a bid to defend the UK's universities, charities and small businesses, figures compiled by IBTimes UK on Friday 6 January show.

The National Cyber Security Centre NCSC is looking to recruit desk officers, team leaders, a deputy team head and strategy and impact lead.

The roles are part of NCSC's new economy and society team, which is responsible for cybersecurity across the private, voluntary and public sectors.

These "have not previously benefited from this kind of government help", according to NCSC.

The recruitment drive comes after senior Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the Treasury Select Committee, called on the head of the NCSC to make cyber defence of financial services industry a top priority.

"It is essential that the intelligence community gives the regulators the technical and practical support they need to do their job," Tyrie wrote in December.

James Baichan 2017-03-14
img

Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned.

Ransomware, which makes devices unusable until their owners pay to unlock them, has become increasingly prevalent in the past year, they say.

The joint report from the NCA and the NCSC says cyber crime is becoming more aggressive.

Any devices containing personal data such as photos, that people consider sufficiently valuable to pay for, are likely to be targeted by criminals.

Such devices often have limited security built in.

In their report, aimed at businesses, the agencies say: "This data may not be inherently valuable, and might not be sold on criminal forums but the device and data will be sufficiently valuable to the victim that they will be willing to pay for it.

Eric Billiter 2017-02-13
img

The UK is hit by dozens of serious threats to national cyber-security each month, says NCSC head Ciaran Martin

Ciaran Martin, the head of GCHQ s new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC , has warned the UK is being bombarded by dozens of serious cyber-attacks each month.

Ahead of the NCSC s official opening by the Queen on Tuesday, Martin highlighted increased attacks by Russia against Western countries – something also spoken of by US national security officials in recent weeks.

Russian state-backed hackers are increasingly looking to steal personal data from soft targets in the West, such as local councils and charities, and research secrets from universities, Martin said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Separately, chancellor Phillip Hammond wrote in The Sunday Telegraph the NCSC had blocked 34,550 potential attacks on government departments and members of the public in the past six months, or on average about 200 incidents per day.

In the case of government departments, it is getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector, he said.

John Johannes 2017-02-14
img

The centre allow the government to draw on private-sector expertise and vice-versa.

GCHQ s National Cyber Security Centre NCSC , which is to be officially opened on Tuesday by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, plans to train staff from the private sector in order to help bring the private sector into the fight against Internet-based attacks.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the centre will invite businesses to second up to 100 staff, allowing the government to draw on private-sector expertise and vice-versa.

We will invite business to second up to 100 employees to come and work in the NCSC – allowing us to draw on the best and the brightest in industry – to test and challenge the government s thinking, he is to say at the opening.

And for these people to then return to the private sector and draw on their experience at NCSC to drive change within industry.

The government alone cannot protect businesses and the general public from the risks of cyber-attack , he is to say.

Janet Gaines 2016-05-25
img

Government announces GCHQ s National Cyber Security Centre to provide businesses with security guidance

The British government is setting up a National Cyber Security Centre NCSC to act as a one-stop-shop for businesses seeking advice and support when dealing with cyber security issues.

The centre will be managed by GCHQ, and was revealed today by the Minister for Cabinet Office Matt Hancock MP in a speech to a cyber security conference in London.

He pointed out that the vast majority of the UK s Critical National Infrastructure is operated by the private sector.

And to this end, the NCSC will help the business community.

This level 3 qualification, equivalent to an AS Level, teaches the basics of cyber security in three months, and can be studied in schools, colleges or through the Challenge itself, he said.

We re already one of the top 5 exporters in the world, and the global market is growing by 20 percent a year, said Hancock.

Calvin Muchow 2017-06-16
img

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly attributed the WannaCry malware, which affected the NHS and other organisations worldwide in May, to the North Korean-affiliated hacking team Lazarus Group.

The NCSC investigation reached the same conclusion based on its own research, the source said, adding no evidence had emerged of anyone else being involved.

Private companies have reverse-engineered the code, but the British assessment was apparently based on wider information.

According to the firm, an earlier version of WannaCry, named “Wanna Decryptor v1.0”, was being distributed in a way that shared code with an earlier piece of malware called Brambul.

The same code overlap was also seen in another piece of malware used to attack the Polish banking regulator KNF, another operation attributed by SecureWorks to the Lazarus group.

The core of WannaCry was an exploit first discovered by the NSA, before being stolen and posted online by an anonymous entity named The Shadow Brokers.

Issac Pierce 2017-03-14
img

The NCSC and the NCA have warned that smartphones, televisions and fitness trackers are the next likely targets for ransomware crooks

Personal devices such as smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers are the next frontier for the online attackers behind a growing wave of ransomware, according to a joint study by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Ransomware, which encrypts all the data it finds on a user’s system and demands a payment to restore access, affected organisations across a wide range of sectors last year, and “the rise of internet connected devices gives attackers more opportunity” said the NCSC and the NCA in their 2016/17 report on the cyber threat to UK business.

Attackers could target any data users might be willing to pay to have restored.

“Ransomware on connected watches, fitness trackers and TVs will present a challenge to manufacturers, and it is not yet known whether customer support will extend to assisting with unlocking devices and providing advice on whether to pay a ransom,” the study said.

Such smart devices are still “inherently more difficult” to attack than PCs and laptops, meaning incidents may initially be limited to users who download applications from unsecured third-party online shops, according to the report.

Owen Grundy 2017-02-12
img

Britain has faced 188 high-level cyberattacks in the last three months, with attempts by Russian and Chinese state-sponsored hackers currently under investigation, says a leading security chief.

Ciaran Martin, who is the chief executive of the new National Cyber Security Centre opening in February 2017, said "many" of the attacks "threatened national security".

Hackers are said to be "getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector", said Martin in a Sunday Times report.

A surge in attacks from Russia has also been noted by the security boss.

"Over the last two years there has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyberspace," he said.

"Part of that step change has been a series of attacks on political institutions, political parties, parliamentary organisations, and that's all very well evidenced by our international partners and widely accepted."

Mark Moore 2017-01-18
img

Government surveillance agency GCHQ is running a tech skills competition for teenage girls as part of an initiative designed to encourage more women to join the fight to protect the UK from cyberattacks and hackers.

Reflecting a gender balance issue in the technology sector as a whole, women make up just ten percent of the global cybersecurity workforce.

Orchestrated by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre, the competition looks to knock down barriers to entry into the profession by inviting girls between the ages of 13 and 15 to enter in teams of four.

They will have their cybersecurity skills tested against other schoolgirls from across the UK in a series of online challenges.

The best ten teams will be invited to a national final set to take place in London at the end of March.

There they'll compete against each other to investigate what's described as 'suspicious cyber activity' and attempt to solve who is behind a crime.

Scott Mayle 2016-09-16
img

Cyber chief calls for 'offensive' weapons

The head of the UK s new National Cyber Security Centre NCSC has detailed plans to move the UK to "active cyber-defence", to better protect government networks and improve the UK s overall security.

The strategy update by NCSC chief exec Ciaran Martin comes just weeks before the new centre is due to open next month and days after the publication of a damning report by the National Audit Office into the UK government s current approach to digital security.

Martin called for the "development of lawful and carefully governed offensive cyber capabilities to combat and deter the most aggressive threats".

Active cyber defence means hacking back against attackers to disrupt assaults, in US parlance at least.

During his speech at the Billington Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC, NCSC's Martin also floated the idea of sharing government network security tools such as DNS filters with private-sector ISPs, as previously reported.

Jermaine Dusenbery 2017-02-06
img

A number of cybersecurity firms are pushing back against recent comments made by a director at UK intelligence agency GCHQ, who accused them of using an exaggerated fear of hacking, especially state-sponsored threats, to flog products.

Dr Ian Levy, speaking at the US-based 'Enigma' conference on 3 February, said: "We are allowing massively incentivised companies to define the public perception of the hacking problem."

He criticised an overuse of the term advanced persistent threat APT , which typically includes hackers backed by a government or state.

As reported by The Register, he said: "You end up with a narrative that basically says 'you lot are too stupid to understand this and only I can possibly help you' so buy my magic amulet and you'll be fine.'

Referencing the hack of UK telecom TalkTalk in 2015, Dr Levy maintained that the majority of successful cyberattacks and hacks are not that sophisticated, still using rudimentary – but reliable - tactics such as SQL injections or email phishing to infect computers.

"The perception that witchcraft or secret methods of intrusion are in play is nonsense," said Philip Lieberman, chief executive of Lieberman Software.