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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of UK GCHQ, Releases 2021 Annual Review

Dating back even longer than the more familiar and storied intelligence community history of collaboration between British Intelligence and the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World World II, the UK intelligence agencies have always been a vital partner with the U.S. intelligence community and, arguably, have been the most integral global partner in the prevention of an attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Enter the current cyber threat landscape, and it is instructional to review how the Brits are framing the challenges and outcomes of the last year in cybersecurity.  The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was created in 2016 as part of the UK’s 5-year National Cyber Security Strategy.  Self-described as “the UK’s technical authority for cyber security,”  the NCSC has put out an annual review every year since its inception.

In this year’s report,  “Annual Review 2021: Making the UK the safest place to live and work online“, the NCSC as part of a national security agency is unable to disclose all its work publicly, but seeks in the annual review “to describe the year with insights and facts from  colleagues inside and out of the organisation.”

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