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Welcome to GCHQ

My name is Iain Lobban and I have the privilege of being the Director of GCHQ.  I have spent over thirty years in the Department and, in summer 2014, I will complete my six years as Director.
 
GCHQ is an intelligence and security organisation, working to keep Britain safe and secure in the challenging environment of modern communications.
 
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​The threats we face

We work to protect the UK from a range of established and emerging threats which challenge the nation's security and interests.
 
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A day in the life of a serious crime analyst

Feature article - 9 Oct 2013

Whether it involves uncovering and following human trafficking networks, or protecting online public services from cyber criminals, each day brings new challenges and opportunities for our serious crime analysts.

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What kind of people work at GCHQ?

There are many misconceptions about working at GCHQ. People assume that we are an organisation of ultra-secretive technical specialists.
 
In fact our organisation requires a very wide range of different skills. Our success depends as much on good communication as on secrecy.
 
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Supporting education

We use the skills of our staff to support education, inspire young people, and promote the study of key subjects relevant to us, such as engineering and mathematics.
 
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History

We have been on a long and fascinating journey from the earliest days of Britain’s Signals Intelligence effort at the beginning of World War I to the challenging technologies of today.
 
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