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GCHQ launches its Autumn recruitment drive

News article - 19 Sep 2014
GCHQ is constantly working to keep Britain safe and secure in the challenging environment of modern communication. In order to meet this challenge we require highly skilled and committed people who enjoy tackling interesting and varied projects.
This year’s Autumn recruitment drive brings some exciting developments with a new and improved careers website due to be launched soon, and a busy campaign diary offering a multitude of opportunities.
Inside GCHQ

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

Press Releases

GCHQ will today call on the UK public to protect a fictitious aerospace technology company threatened by imminent attack from cyber terrorists. Assignment: Astute Explorer is the latest game from the Cyber Security Challenge UK.
GCHQ certifies Master’s Degrees in Cyber Security The certification of six Master’s degrees in Cyber Security was announced by Minister for Cabinet Office when he visited GCHQ.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Royal Patron of the Intelligence Services, today paid a visit to GCHQ Scarborough to commemorate the centenary of the oldest continually operating signals intelligence station in the world.  


On 26 September 2014, the Government announced that from 1 October all suppliers must comply with the new Cyber Essentials controls if bidding for some government contracts.
On 17 September 2014, NATO launched an initiative to boost cooperation with the private sector on cyber threats and challenges...
To mark the centenary of the First World War, GCHQ has been working with The BBC One Show to show how the British brought secure communications to the trenches...
GCHQ representatives were at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham on 29 August to support the Cyber Security Challenge’s latest event, Cyber Camp.
The NCA has launched a campaign to alert the public to the dangers of internet crime.
GCHQ joined in by turning off the lights in one complete section of its Cheltenham Headquarters.
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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.

Image supplied by Cyber Security Challenge UK, Taken by Mark Livermore

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.