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UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Chief Resigns

Duncan MacRae

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Ciaran Martin

Ciaran Martin will hand over the reigns to a new CEO after six and a half years in the job.

The first ever National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) CEO has revealed he plans to step down this summer.

Oxford University graduate Ciaran Martin, 45, who was recently appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honor’s List, said his years with the NCSC have been “the privilege of a lifetime.”

The UK Government created the NCSC four years ago on the recommendation of Martin, who was then appointed to spearhead it.

He added: “When we created the NCSC we set out to achieve something truly special, and I hope and believe we are leaving UK cyber security in much better shape.

“Challenges around securing technology are only going to get ever more complex so it’s right that after six and a half years that someone else takes this world-class organisation to the next level.”

Martin believes it is the right time for someone to bring a fresh perspective to the role but said his successor will face a number of obstacles.

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He said: “Challenges around securing technology are only going to get ever more complex,” said Martin, “so it’s right that after six and a half years that someone else takes this world-class organisation to the next level.”

Martin joined the board of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in December 2013 as head of cybersecurity. His recommendation to set up the NCSC as a division of GCHQ was made after the 2015 election.

The NCSC, which has a head office in, Victoria, London, employs about 1,000 staff and operates from a head office in London’s Victoria area on an annual budget of £250m. The new NCSC CEO is expected to be appointed by the end of summer 2020.

NCSC offers practical cybersecurity advice for organisations and individuals via its website.

Since its founded, the NCSC has handled more than 2,000 cybersecurity incidents targeting the UK.

Duncan MacRae

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