53,000 scams . Since launching in April 2020 , the SERS has received more than 8 million reports , with more than 67,000 scams taken down as a result .
Some of the key statistics from the Annual Review included :
• Handling an unprecedented 777 incidents in the last year – a rise from 723 last year and an average of 643 since launching in 2016
• 5.4 million reports of malicious content to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service over the last 12 months – leading to the removal of more than 53,000 scams and 96,500 URLs
• Engagement with around 5,000 organisations providing an essential service during the pandemic , from well-known brands through to small businesses
• Issued guidance and threat assessments to over 80 companies and 14 universities
The Active Cyber Defence programme has taken down 2.3 million cyberenabled commodity campaigns , 442 phishing campaigns using NHS branding , and 80 illegitimate NHS apps hosted and available to download outside of official app stores .
Support for academic institutions conducting vaccine research was one of the key interventions for the NCSC during the pandemic response .
As a result of implementing the NCSC ’ s services , the University of Oxford protected itself from a ransomware attempt with the potential to cause significant disruption . The organisation also offered support to the devolved administrations , for example providing technical advice to the home nations on their vaccination booking systems .
Elsewhere , the review details the NCSC ’ s continued drive to increase cybersecurity skills and diversity in the industry , including through the pioneering CyberFirst programme . The programme , now in its fourth year , has introduced over 56,000 11 – 17-year-olds to the world of tech and cybersecurity .
That includes more than 6,500 pupils from 600 schools who entered the NCSC ’ s pioneering CyberFirst Girls Competition this year . The competition , which was set up in 2017 to help address gender diversity in the sector , has seen more than 43,000 pupils from across the UK take part since its inception . u
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