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Glossary

Last Updated: 04 Oct 2016
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BIS

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  

CESG

Previously Communications-Electronic Security Group. Became part of the National Cyber Security Centre in October 2016.

CIR

Cyber Incident Response scheme.

CPNI

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure

DSTL

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

EPSRC

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

FCO

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
 

GCHQ

Government Communications Headquarters

HRA

Human Rights Act
 

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

IPT

Investigatory Powers Tribunal

ISA

Intelligence Services Act

ISC

Intelligence Security Committee of Parliament

JSA

Justice and Security Act

JTAC

Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre

National Cyber Security Centre

The NCSC acts as a bridge between industry and government, providing a unified source of advice and support on cyber security, including the management of cyber security incidents. See NCSC website.

NCA

National Crime Agency. Includes what was previously the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

NCSC

See National Cyber Security Centre.

NSA

National Security Agency

NSC

National Security Council

RIPA

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

SIA

Single Intelligence Account

SIS

Secret Intelligence Service. Also known as MI6.

SMEs

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

SOCA

Serious Organised Crime Agency. Subsumed under the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Oct 2013.