All-new beta website launched by National Cyber Security Centre on Internet’s 30th Anniversary

Advice on staying safe from cyber threats has never been so easy to find after the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched its redesigned website. Part of GCHQ, the NCSC aims to help people of all cyber expertise through its new site, which was launched on the 30th Anniversary of Tim Berners Lee’s creation of the World Wide Web.

Central to the re-design has been creating new sections configured around the specific needs of those using it, meaning that users will spend less time looking for the guidance they need and more time reading it.

Stuart T, the NCSC’s digital product manager, said: “We want our website to become the UK’s Home Page for cyber security. Cyber risks pose a real threat to us all, and we have tailored a site to help all users, from FTSE 350 giants to family businesses as well as individuals and families who want to know a bit more about how to secure their devices around the home. We’re aiming to create a community and are asking for feedback on the new site such that we can continually improve our offering and ensure our site is always user-centred. This is not the end of our improvements. Rather, it’s the beginning.”

The website was created after extensive user research, the results of which have been employed to develop concise guides tailored to each audience, multi-page articles for complex topics and an alert banner on the Home Page with important advice and guidance during live cyber security incidents.

Ciaran Martin: CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre

Ciaran Martin: CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre

The NCSC remains committed to demystifying cyber jargon, and will continue to explore innovative ways in which to present content in a way that appeals to each audience.

While security and risk management were central to every stage of the website’s design, another key decision the NCSC made was to make it as secure as necessary, rather than as secure as possible.

On that note, Richard C (the NCSC’s chief security architect) said: “The National Cyber Security Centre has always said organisations should invest in an appropriate amount of security and that’s what we’ve done with our new website. There’s often a tendency among the cyber security community to set the bar as high as possible. We want to show that the vital thing is sensible risk management so we’ve focused on making our user experience fantastic and our security good enough.”

In conclusion, Richard C stated: “When designing computer systems, we always tailor our approach to the system in question. Our website is intended to openly share content with the public. On that basis, it has quite different controls to systems that handle information which we need to keep private.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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