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Director GCHQ makes his valedictory speech

Press Release - 21 Oct 2014
On Tuesday 21 Oct, Sir Iain Lobban delivered his final speech as Director GCHQ at the Churchill War Rooms in London.
An invited audience of officials, commentators and representatives from industry and academia were invited to hear his reflections on the profession to which he has devoted the past 31 years.
Sir Iain spoke of how the challenges have evolved over a career, which spans from the darkest days of the Cold War to the world today, which “continues to be a dangerous and unpredictable place”.
Drawing on the constants which connect today’s GCHQ with the past, he emphasised that the work we do today remains as challenging as at any point in our history and can often be about life and death.

Who we are

GCHQ is an intelligence and security organisation, working to keep Britain safe and secure in the challenging environment of modern communications.


What we do

UK citizens today conduct much of their lives over the internet, as do the Government, the Armed Services, Law Enforcement and industry.

For the UK to be safe and successful, the cyber connections and infrastructure we use need to be safe and secure. GCHQ plays a major role in making that a reality using our expertise and experience.

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How we work

GCHQ strives to ensure that life in the UK isn't compromised through cyber attack or on-line serious crime, employing some of the world's leading experts on Information Security.

Everything we do is governed by law, and overseen by the Foreign Secretary and other Ministers.


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GCHQ has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Spark Award, celebrating organisations implementing change and building happier workplaces.
GCHQ took part at the Next Generation Innovators event hosted by the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
New research co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will focus on the cyber-security of the UK’s vital industrial control systems which run, for example, manufacturing plants, power stations, the electricity grid, and the rail network.
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GCHQ Scarborough receives HRH The Prince of Wales in its Centenary Year 

News article - 30 Jul 2014
HRH The Prince of Wales, Royal Patron of the Intelligence Services, paid his first ever visit to GCHQ's station at Scarborough on the occasion of the North Yorkshire site's centenary. 

Our journey


GCHQ has been on a long and fascinating journey from the earliest days of the UK's Signals Intelligence effort at the beginning of World War I to the challenging technologies of today.

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Bletchley Park restoration project opened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

On 18 June 2014, GCHQ's spiritual home was honoured to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge to mark the occasion of its re-launch following completion of an £8 million restoration project.
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Today's technology

GCHQ depends heavily on its use of technology to succeed in its vital intelligence and security mission.

As the digital world changes increasingly rapidly, it demands a furious pace of innovation in our technical systems.