Government publishes NCSC prospectus

The government has published the prospectus for its new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which will be up and running this Autumn.

The prospectus sets out proposals for what the National Cyber Security Centre will do, how it will operate, and who it will work with, most of which revolves around sharing best practices in security between public and private sectors. The new facility will also tackle cyber incident response.

One of the first objectives announced is a join collaboration with the Bank of England to create new cyber security guidance for financial firms.

Ciaran Martin, former director general of cyber-security at GCHQ, has been appointed chief exec of the NCSC, which will report into GCHQ.

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock, commenting in the prospectus, said: “The centre will be the bridge between industry and government, simplifying the current complex structures, providing a unified source of advice and support, including on managing incidents. It will be a single point of contact for the private and public sectors alike.”

The government is inviting feedback on the proposals and will use this to influence the design of the National Cyber Security Centre. The prospectus is available for download from GOV.UK.

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