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Northern Ireland gets Cyber Security Centre


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Northern Ireland has officially launched its Cyber Security Centre to provide a centralised role for communications on the sector.

The centre will work closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which through the opening week delivered a series of tailored briefings on the support it can provide to the public and businesses.

One of the priorities of the centre will be to deliver the Strategic Framework for Action, published by the Department of Finance to encourage collaboration between public and private sectors on strengthening cyber security.

NCSC chief executive officer Ciaran Martin said: “The opening of this new centre is a hugely positive development for Northern Ireland. It will bolster the digital resilience and strength of the whole community here.

“At the NCSC we look forward to working closely with our Northern Ireland counterparts as we develop ground-breaking new products and services to help all of us meet the fast evolving cyber threats.”

Defend, deter, develop

The Strategic Framework for Action, published in 2018, aligns to the UK National Cyber Security Strategy with the key themes of ‘defend, deter and develop’.

Its key outcomes for the public sector are the introduction of an effective identity assurance scheme, the embedding of a culture of ‘security by design’, the development of a secure platform for government services to engage with the public, high levels of vigilance and an aggressive approach to upgrading and patching digital systems.

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