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Britain enters a new era of online opportunity with opening of the National Cyber Security Centre

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2017
The NCSC is officially opened today by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

News article - 14 Feb 2017

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which began operations in October 2016, is part of GCHQ and aims to make Britain the safest place to live and work online.

The NCSC will use the new offices in Victoria, London, as its operational nerve centre to manage incidents, analyse threats and offer advice on online security, enabling generations to navigate the internet safely and to be protected from the growing threat of online attack.

During their tour of the building, the Royal Party were joined by the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock, Treasury Commercial Secretary Baroness Neville-Rolfe and Economic Secretary to the Treasury Simon Kirby.

The guided tour included demonstrations by NCSC staff of the UK’s past, present and future cyber threats, and culminated with The Queen unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the NCSC and signing an official photograph.

More about the official opening of the NCSC on 14 February 2017.

NCSC report on the past, present and future of cyber security.


Her Majesty wears a peacock-blue suit & pearl and diamond jewellery. She's smiling holding flowers
Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of the NCSC. ©Design102 2017


All three of them are laughing at something
HM the Queen with Robert Hannigan, Director GCHQ, and Ciaran Martin, CEO NCSC. ©Design102 2017


GCHQ Historian shows HM the Queen items from GCHQ's archives
GCHQ Historian shows HM the Queen items from GCHQ's archives. ©Design102 2017