• NCSC beta website unveiled

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    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a redesigned version of its website, which the body says will enable businesses and individuals stay better informed about cyber threats.

    The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, says the redesign will help people of all cyber expertise through its new site, creating new sections designed around the specific needs of those using it, meaning 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 homepage 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, 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.”

    The NCSC says the website was created after extensive user research, which has been used to develop concise guides tailored to each audience, multi-page articles for complex topics and an alert banner on the homepage with important advice and guidance during live cyber security incidents.

    The NCSC says it remains committed to demystifying cyber jargon, and will continue to explore innovative ways 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.

    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 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.”

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