Chris Ensor, GCHQ’s Deputy Director for the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, discusses the IT skills gap and our new CyberFirst strategy, designed to support Britain’s future national security needs in cyber space.
Internet connectivity brings great benefit, but is also exploited by those wishing to cause harm. GCHQ seeks to identify those threats, playing a leading role with government and industry to help protect the UK.
As one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, we work closely with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) to counter increasingly complex and globalised threats, and to promote British interests.
The threat from espionage did not end with the collapse of Soviet communism in the early 1990s. As worldwide political and technological environments have evolved, GCHQ's priorities have changed to meet them.