How the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre safeguards the UK: a sterling example for all

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode, Ciaran Martin, CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (a part of GCHQ), and Nick Kelly discuss why the centre exists and its successes since creation

20 Mar 2019

For this episode of “Secure in Mind” podcast, I travelled to the UK to take a tour of the UK’s Cyber Security Centre and meet with Ciaran Martin, the man at the helm of the impressive initiative.

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Ciaran is an exceptionally sharp leader of an organisation that is charged with protecting the United Kingdom from cyber attacks. During this episode, we discuss how he landed in the lead role of such a critical function in public office just over 2 years ago when the centre was officially established. This is a must listen for anyone remotely connected to the internet [pun intended]… which is most people nowadays.

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I truly enjoyed meeting up with Ciaran again – it’s a pleasure to listen to someone so thoroughly on top of their game give well considered answers to questions regarding modern day efforts government institutions are employing to combat miscreants on the internet.

As always, listen, share and please send me any feedback you may have as well as recommendations or introductions for other critical thinkers and operators you may know!

Ciaran and Nick during their conversation.

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Nick Kelly Bio

Nick is someone who, in many senses, is just like you; a human being trying to make sense of this existence of ours as we hurtle around a ball of gas in a sea of infinite eternity. More relevant though are his vacillations in the world amongst diverse countries and environments

Collaborating, negotiating, elaborating and celebrating with fascinating people from all walks of life including politics, technology, activism, military and intelligence the world over. He brings this unique breadth of perspective to the table and has a dogged interest in pursuing the human story behind the title or policy, appreciating the fact that underneath all of our bravado, political correctness and dichotomous states of creation and destruction, we are, after all, merely mortals trying to make the best of it.


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