National Cyber Security Centre
The NCSC Annual Review 2019
Developments and highlights from the last twelve months at the NCSC.
This review of the NCSC's third year looks back on the developments and highlights between the 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019. As well as interviews and data, you will also hear from people working inside the organisation at the heart of the NCSC's mission: to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.
The Digital Review 2019
You can read the digital version of the 2019 Annual Review here.
Ciaran Martin – introducing the Annual Review 2019
"It is a privilege to present the National Cyber Security Centre’s third Annual Review.
"It’s very hard to condense the world-leading work the NCSC does in 12 months into one document, but I hope this Review gives you an insight into what we are doing to understand, reduce and respond to cyber attacks.
"There certainly is a lot to be proud of – for example, thanks to the innovation of our technical experts, we have been able to increase the number of threat indicators we share by tenfold to more than 1,000 per month, and the speed we process them from days to seconds.
"There is of course much work to do – as shown by the 658 incidents we supported this year. For the first time ever, in this review, these incidents are broken down into the most affected sectors. We believe that being transparent helps to target the interventions we need to help those who are most vulnerable."
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PDF: Annual Review 2019 (single page) PDF, 5797 KB, 87 PAGES
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The NCSC's Annual Review 2019. This is a digital-friendly version which is a double paged PDF.
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