UK's first national anti-cybercrime centre to open next week


The nation's first centre dedicated to combating cyber criminals opens next week, as the threat of online attacks continues to rise.

Intelligence bosses at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will target terrorists, hackers and online gangs from their base in central London.

The new organisation was created to both respond to attacks and reduce the risk of future threats, while also providing leadership in cyber security.

The Nova development in Victoria, London
The centre will run from the Nova development in Victoria, London (Nick Ansell/PA)

"Our role is helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online" said CEO of the centre Ciaran Martin. "So we're going to tackle the major threats from hostile states and criminal gangs."

"But we're also going to work tirelessly to automatically protect people from those smaller scale and deeply damaging attacks that cause so much disruption and frustration."

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The rising levels of cyber criminals led to the move (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

In the summer of 2015 GCHQ dealt with 200 cyber national security incidents a month according to a speech from then chancellor George Osborne.

Meanwhile, crime survey figures suggested there were two million computer misuse offences in the year running to March.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer said: "London leads the world in so many ways already. It is only right that we establish the country's first Cyber Security Centre in the heart of the capital as Britain continues to lead in tackling this global issue."