Hacking your way to someone’s heart isn’t considered an effective seduction technique, but the cyber security sector were collectively swooned on Valentine’s Day by the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre.
Sold as the UK’s cyber security awakening, the National Cyber Security Centre places innovation and education at the heart of the country’s strategy to reduce cybercrime.
In a white paper released that same day the National Cyber Security Centre was keen to stress that while it is part of GCHQ, it is a new organisation with different aims and strategies – influenced by the spirit of technological advancements made in the past 100 years.
What does the National Cyber Security Centre aim to achieve?
In the white paper released, the focus was very much on learning from the past so we make changes today which allows us to mitigate against an insecure future.
The key areas in which the National Cyber Security Centre highlights of great importance are the rise in phishing, the need for free vulnerability scanning, encouraging innovative solutions in identity and authentication and automated filtering.
While the NCSC realise that they aren’t going to able to remove all cybercrime and incidents will happen, the centre wish to become an effective incident response to minimise the harm to the country, help with recovery and learn lessons for the future.
What changes have the NCSC stated they wish to make?
Phishing is a main focus for the centre because the most common location for cyber attacks is right in your inbox. WIth government organisations such as HMRC being one of the most copied brands used in phishing attacks, the National Cyber Security Centre wish to make the most of the latest anti-spoofing technologies to make it safe for users to use their email without the fear of being caught out through lack of attention.
Within the white paper, NCSC states “We want people to be able to trust emails, because productivity suffers as a result of the fear that emails can carry a hidden danger.”
We wrote about this issue in our blog about spotting phishing emails we you can read here.
Simulating innovation within the field of authentication allows for us to perhaps ditch passwords for good if all goes well. The NCSC doesn’t want to rule out anything including “your face, your watch or anything else that is proposed”. This could be the biggest shake up out of anything else proposed by the new centre as this is a complete change in identification culture.
You can read our blog on passwords here.
Education, Education, Education
If the National Cyber Security Centre can succeed in this kind of information security research, it will place the UK at the top of the tree with regards to research and innovative technology.
Leading the way is important within the National Cyber Security Centre’s strategy as their CyberFirst programme is committed to developing a “cyber-savvy cohort of students to help protect the Uk’s digital society”.
Teaching the next generation the importance of cyber security will create a human firewall, mitigating against threats that exist online. The scheme offers over 2,500 students, between 11 – 17 years old, the opportunity to take part in free cyber security courses.
Bob’s Business welcomes the approach to training as we value the importance of cyber security education as this will protect sensitive information in the long run with businesses able to trust their staff to be compliant with policies and procedures.
The long term vision of the National Cyber Security Centre is a positive one for the country as cyber security is thrusted into the forefront of public knowledge. The more that is exposed about the realities of security online, the more than can be done to tackle this.