Queen Elizabeth to Open National Cyber Security Centre

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Queen Elizabeth to Open National Cyber Security Centre
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS: The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the National Cyber Security Centre, London

Tuesday 14th February 2017 

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the new National Cyber Security Centre in London on Tuesday 14th February.

Upon arrival, The Queen will meet the Director of GCHQ, Mr Robert Hannigan, and Ciaran Martin, the CEO NCSC, before proceeding on a tour of the team workspace. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will view a display demonstrating GCHQ history and the creation of the NCSC, including a 1890s code wheel and an India Office Cypher Code, before meeting historians.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will then view exhibition stands demonstrating current NCSC work, such as reducing the cyber security risk to critical national infrastructure. The Royal Party will move to an area demonstrating the threats faced in the future and how they will be tackled, including an exhibition on skills and innovation. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will meet staff and students before attending a brief reception for staff and guests. The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the opening before departing.

Background Information

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK’s authority on cyber security. As part of GCHQ, its vision is to make the UK the safest place to live and work on-line. Its main purpose is to reduce the cyber security risk to the UK by improving its cyber security and cyber resilience. The NCSC works together with UK organisations, businesses and individuals to provide authoritative and coherent cyber security advice and cyber incident management. This is underpinned by world class research and innovation.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) became operational on Monday 3rd October. The new building in Victoria will accommodate approximately half of its 700 employees, with others based in partner organisations, including GCHQ.

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