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Chancellor announces new National Cyber Centre in speech at GCHQ

Speech - 17 Nov 2015
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, visited GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham today and addressed staff and invited guests. His speech can be found here.
The Chancellor began by addressing the recent attacks in Paris and the Government's response. Turning to cyber security, the Chancellor announced a series of measures for better national cyber defence, additional funding for cyber security, and a new National Cyber Centre.
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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.


Latest news


The Rt Hon George Osborne MP visited GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham today and announced measures for better national cyber defence.
10 Nov 2015 - IA15: Robert Hannigan's keynote speech - as delivered
Director GCHQ shares his strategy for supporting UK IA and Cyber Security at IA15, HM Government’s primary platform for briefing the UK’s information security leaders.
09 Nov 2015 - Marking Remembrance Day 2015 
GCHQ staff continue to support the military and, as always, we will be marking this year’s anniversary with a Remembrance service in our courtyard on 11 November.
04 Nov 2015 - Draft Investigatory Powers Bill announced in Parliament
The Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, has today announced the publication of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill in Parliament.
16 Oct 2015 - GCHQ Community Day - a chance to applaud our volunteers and charity work
GCHQ welcomed representatives from the local area to a Community Day event at its Cheltenham headquarters on Friday 16 October.
12 Oct 2015 - GCHQ becomes the first Chartered Institute of Linguists Language Partner
GCHQ’s excellence in languages has been recognised with an invitation to become the first ‘Language Partner’ of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).

Press Releases

09 Nov 2015 - £6.5 million CyberInvest scheme to boost world-class UK cyber security research
GCHQ and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have launched CyberInvest, a new £6.5m industry and Government scheme to support cutting edge cyber security research and protect the UK in cyber space.
06 Nov 2015 - GCHQ and NCA join forces to ensure no hiding place online for criminals
The Director of GCHQ and the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA) have today officially opened a co-located Joint Operations Cell (JOC), which will focus initially on tackling online child sexual exploitation.
28 Oct 2015 - British intelligence seeks next generation of cyber specialists
In today’s increasingly connected world, GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are putting far greater focus on growing their own technical specialists and are searching for technically-minded Apprentices.
GCHQ will today host an event to mark the official launch of a new book commemorating the life of legendary Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing.
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GCHQ’s Future Leaders Programme - a family-friendly, flexible approach to protecting the nation

Press release - 19 Nov 2015
GCHQ, one of the three UK intelligence and security agencies, has launched a programme to identify, train and develop tomorrow’s leaders.
Based at GCHQ’s iconic Cheltenham headquarters, the five-year Future Leaders training programme provides a truly unique opportunity. Future leaders on the programme will enjoy the flexibility to develop a work pattern that suits their personal lives.

How does an analyst catch a terrorist?

Without the aid of dark glasses and trench coat, GCHQ works every day to keep the UK safe. One of GCHQ's most important tasks is to identify and analyse the international dimensions of terrorist threats to the UK. Every operation will be different.
For an example of how a potential threat might be identified, what a GCHQ intelligence analyst will do to learn more about it, and what that analyst will do with the information uncovered in the process.

Our journey

History and the Cryptoy app

Cryptoy is a fun, free, educational app about cryptography, designed by GCHQ for use by secondary school students and their teachers.
The app enables users to understand basic encryption techniques, learn about their history and then have a go at creating their own encoded messages. These can then be shared with friends via social media or more traditional means and the recipients can use the app to try to decipher the messages.
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Director GCHQ writes an opinion piece for the Financial Times

News article - 04 Nov 2014
In his first public statement, the new Director GCHQ Robert Hannigan discusses terrorist use of the Internet and how the security and intelligence agencies need greater support from technology companies to tackle this challenge.

Want to know more about GCHQ's work to protect the UK?

News article - 09 Jun 2015
Our Counter Terrorism and Serious Crime teams tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing the UK.
To show the work that we do in these areas, we have published accounts from our analysts and linguists talking about their jobs.