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NCSC's Annual Review 2021

Cyber sector news

08:00 Thursday, 18 November 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

Yesterday saw the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC's) annual review, which looks at some of the key developments and highlights between September 1st 2020 and August 31st 2021. The review describes the year with insights and facts from the NCSC both inside and outside the organisation.

Over the past 12 months the NCSC responded to a huge rise in ransomware attacks, and a range of services have been provided to businesses over the past year to help protect them from ransomware. These include the Early Warning Service alerting organisations to emerging threats through to cyber security advice for those working in education.

These efforts have come against a backdrop of responding to significant global incidents, including the attack on the SolarWinds IT management platform by Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service - one of the most serious cyber intrusions of recent times - and a major ransomware attack on the American software firm Kaseya. Collaborating globally was also a big focus in the report, as well as collaborating with schools and educational establishments and using data/intelligence more wisely to help combat the growing cyber threat.

Simon Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Cyber Security Council, attended the launch of the annual review yesterday and said: "The UK Cyber Security Council exists to support the government's wider work on improving cyber security skills and providing professionalisation, and the NCSC has supported us in our journey so far. We look forward to continuing to work with the NCSC as we develop and embed professional standards and career pathways across the wider cyber profession, and work to build on the momentum started by them, by the government and by wider industry work in this space to date."

Read and download a copy of the NCSC’s annual review here.