The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) today launched its newly redesigned website not only to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web but also to ensure businesses of all sizes can easily obtain free cyber security advise from the new site.
The redesigned NCSC website will feature various sections catering to the specific needs of businesses of all sizes, feature multi-page articles for complex topics and an alert banner on the homepage with important advice and guidance during live cyber security incidents.
NCSC wants site to become the UK's homepage for cyber security
Stuart T, the NCSC’s Digital Product Manager, said that the cyber security watchdog aims to make the redesigned website "the UK’s homepage for cyber security", adding that the site has been tailored to help all users ranging from FTSE 350 giants to family businesses to individuals.
"We’re aiming to create a community and are asking for feedback on the new site, so we can continually improve our offering and ensure our site is always user-centred. This is not the end of our improvements – it’s the beginning," he added.
"There is often a tendency amongst 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.
"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 so has quite different controls to systems that handle information we need to keep private," said Richard C, Chief Security Architect at NCSC.
A flurry of initiatives to help UK businesses
The launch of its redesigned website is yet another initiative implemented by NCSC to make cyber security as simple to understand for lay businesses as possible, ensuring that businesses don't get confused by the prevailing cyber security jargon and can access relevant information quickly using the new sections on the website.
The cyber security watchdog is also running its much-publicised Web Check service which was launched in 2017 to help all UK public sector organisations, government departments, agencies, and local councils fix existing and emerging vulnerabilities in their digital websites and applications.
By March 2018, the Web Check service had uncovered over 6,000 issues across 8,000 different websites and also helped NCSC release over 4,000 advisories between April 2017 and March 2018. In fact, the service performed 1,033,250 individual scans running 7,181,464 individual tests, scanned 7,791 unique URLs across 6,910 unique domains and produced 4,108 advisories for customers.
Web Check is part of NCSC's ‘Active Cyber Defence programme’ which, till February last year, helped the cyber security watchdog block 54 million online attacks and take down hundreds of thousands of fake websites run by cyber criminals.
According to NCSC, the new programme helped it remove 121,479 phishing sites hosted in the UK and 18,067 hosted in the rest of the world that spoofed UK government websites. It also blocked a total of 515,658 fake e-mails from bogus ‘@gov.uk’ accounts.