National Cyber Security Centre opens to strengthen UK’s cyber protection

On the Front Line
The UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been formally opened today by Her Majesty The Queen. The NCSC brings together the brightest and best talent in the cyber security sector to tackle cyber threat and improve the UK’s cyber resilience.
Cyber Security Skills Gap
The UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been formally opened today by Her Majesty The Queen. The NCSC brings together the brightest and best talent in the cyber security sector to tackle cyber threat and improve the UK’s cyber resilience. 
 
The investment in the centre reflects an increased focus on cyber security, and an expectation that cyber attacks will continue to increase in frequency, severity and sophistication. 
 
Our expansive global research into cyber defence, launched this month, reiterates this expectation, with C-suite executives and IT Decision Makers alike expecting the frequency and severity of cyber attacks to increase in the next 12 months. The research also shows the importance that business leaders place on the cyber security of their organisations. Seventy-one per cent of the C-suite executives who took part in our survey told us that cyber security represents their most significant business challenge. 

As we see more and more reports of cyber attacks in the UK and elsewhere, their concerns seem justified. Just this week, our threat intelligence experts uncovered new insight connecting the threat actors behind the Bangladesh Bank heist, to some new attacks on Polish Banks. This indicates that the perpetrators of the Bangladesh Bank heist are extending their reach beyond Asia and deploying new methods of attack.
 
The challenge for businesses is to stay ahead of the game in a constantly evolving landscape. The criminals behind cyber attacks are constantly evolving their methods and testing the defences of businesses to identify a weakness and take advantage. To stay one step ahead, businesses need to take a proactive approach in identifying new threats, rather than simply repairing weaknesses after they have been discovered. 
 
It is therefore vital that we plan for the future skills requirements of the cyber sector today. At BAE Systems, we will be recruiting 80 additional cyber graduates this year and are working with CyLon to grow the cyber economy across the supply chain. The NCSC will play an important role in driving innovation and cultivating the right skills to allow the UK government and businesses alike to address a growing challenge. 
 

The 2017 Cyber Defence Monitor Research

New research interviewing 211 Board level executives and 984 IT Decision Makers reveals a surprising disconnect when it comes to cyber security, their concerns and perceptions of preparedness. 
 
 
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BAE Systems Team On the Front Line 14 February 2017