National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

COVID-related phishing fuels a 15-fold increase in NCSC takedowns
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COVID-related phishing fuels a 15-fold increase in NCSC takedowns

The NCSC recorded a significant jump in the number of attacks using NHS branding to lure victims
10 May 2021
NCSC warns councils over ‘foreign influence’ in smart city projects
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smart city

NCSC warns councils over ‘foreign influence’ in smart city projects

16-page report details cyber security and privacy risks of signing agreements with foreign state-backed companies
7 May 2021
NCSC offers free training to schools after rise in cyber attacks
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cyber security

NCSC offers free training to schools after rise in cyber attacks

Both universities and school trusts have been hit by a number of devastating cyber attacks in 2021
22 Apr 2021
NCSC warns 15% of Brits use their pet's name as a password
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NCSC warns 15% of Brits use their pet's name as a password

Independent survey reveals UK public still relies on memorable phrases to protect accounts
9 Apr 2021
Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack
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Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack

The "temporary" move has left 37,000 students unable to access their correspondence and coursework
30 Mar 2021
Half of UK businesses had no security policies in place in 2020
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cyber security

Half of UK businesses had no security policies in place in 2020

Businesses struggled to keep track of devices or employees during the pandemic, DCMS finds
26 Mar 2021
University of Northampton hit by cyber attack
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University of Northampton hit by cyber attack

The university has rolled out a number of “temporary solutions” after the attack disrupted its IT and telephone systems
24 Mar 2021
Microsoft releases one-click patch for Exchange vulnerability
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Microsoft releases one-click patch for Exchange vulnerability

The quick fix is aimed at small organisations that do not have dedicated IT teams
16 Mar 2021
15 schools in Nottinghamshire crippled by cyber attack
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cyber attacks

15 schools in Nottinghamshire crippled by cyber attack

The Nova Education Trust is unable to access its IT systems to conduct remote lessons
4 Mar 2021
Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition
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Careers & training

Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition

Over 37,000 girls have taken part in the challenge since 2017
12 Feb 2021
DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council
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Careers & training

DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council

Industry figures react positively to a body that will accredit existing courses and encourage industry-wide upskilling
9 Feb 2021
UK military used malware to disrupt extremist networks
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UK military used malware to disrupt extremist networks

Experts cite WannaCry with warnings that hacking tools have the potential for severe collateral damage
8 Feb 2021
NCSC urges firms to patch against MobileIron vulnerability
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Security

NCSC urges firms to patch against MobileIron vulnerability

Remote attackers are targeting healthcare, logistics, legal, and local government sectors
25 Nov 2020
UK telcos could be fined £100,000 a day for breaching Huawei ban
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Security

UK telcos could be fined £100,000 a day for breaching Huawei ban

The Telecommunications Security Bill aims to diminish the threat of operators using high-risk vendors in 5G networks
24 Nov 2020
UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force
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UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force

The NCF will combine the expertise of GCHQ, MoD, MI6, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
20 Nov 2020
Microsoft backs NCSC's effort to bolster UK cyber security
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Microsoft backs NCSC's effort to bolster UK cyber security

The security agency is hoping to nurture cyber talent inside the startup community
6 Nov 2020
NCSC battles surge of COVID-related cyber attacks
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC battles surge of COVID-related cyber attacks

More than a quarter of all incidents reported in the last year were related to the coronavirus pandemic
3 Nov 2020
Huawei kit contained flaws of 'national significance', NCSC reports
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Security

Huawei kit contained flaws of 'national significance', NCSC reports

The report finds that the defects were not the result of interference from the Chinese state
2 Oct 2020
NCSC appoints Lindy Cameron as CEO
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC appoints Lindy Cameron as CEO

The senior civil servant will replace Ciaran Martin, who established the NCSC in 2016
29 Jul 2020
NCSC launches cyber attack exercise for remote workers
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC launches cyber attack exercise for remote workers

The new resilience exercise treats cyber attacks like a fire drill
14 Jul 2020
NCSC received one million scam email reports in just two months
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC received one million scam email reports in just two months

Fake cryptocurrency investment lures comprised more than half of the reported email scams
26 Jun 2020
NCSC campaign gears up small businesses for remote working
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC campaign gears up small businesses for remote working

Six key questions could help businesses identify risks and shortfalls in their digital transitions
20 May 2020
State-backed hackers targeting bodies critical to coronavirus response
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State-backed hackers targeting bodies critical to coronavirus response

Hackers are targeting healthcare bodies and pharmaceutical companies
6 May 2020