Alan Dawes

Alan Dawes

Director Consulting Expert

What is the NCKC?

In an era dominated by digital innovation and cyber security challenges, the National Crypt-Key Centre (NCKC) stands as a beacon of excellence, guiding the UK's efforts in developing, operating, and maintaining highly secure communication systems. Since its inception, the NCKC has played a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of government, military, industry, and allied communications.


A journey of digital transformation

In 2020, the NCKC embarked on a transformative journey, propelled by a commitment to innovation and excellence. Recognising the need to modernise outdated practices, extensive research efforts were undertaken to enhance Crypt-Key systems. As it stands, the results suggest a quantum leap from traditional, paper-based methodologies to cutting-edge digital solutions, equipped to meet the sophisticated demands of both national and international partners.

November 2020 marked a significant milestone in this journey, as the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) unveiled the new and improved NCKC. This state-of-the-art facility symbolises a renewed commitment to providing organisations with targeted support to address their Crypt-Key challenges effectively.


Deputy Director of the National Crypt-Key Centre, emphasises the critical role of Crypt-Key technology in safeguarding sensitive operations and information. He affirms

"Through the use of Crypt-Key, we can ensure that the government is doing the right thing in protecting its sensitive operations and information and we can make sure we manage the risk of interference from hostile states".


With a team of dedicated experts leading the charge, the UK remains at the forefront of technological innovation. He asserts proudly.

"We have the best people on the case to do this. We are world leaders in technology, and we have now got a cross-government grip on the capabilities we have wanted for a while, so we are in a good place."


The future of Crypt-Key…

The journey of Crypt-Key technology is not merely about securing communications - it's about empowering nations, fostering trust, and shaping a safer, more connected world. As we look to the future, the NCKC stands ready to navigate the complexities of the digital age, unlocking new possibilities and ensuring a secure tomorrow for generations to come.

If you would like to know more about our Crypt-Key offerings please feel free to get in touch.

About this author

Alan Dawes

Alan Dawes

Director Consulting Expert

Alan is a Director within CGI’s UK Space Defence and Intelligence practice and is responsible for leading the development, expansion, and delivery of Crypt-Key (CK) services within the UK. He has a track record of developing and delivering complex secure telecommunications, cryptography and MILSATCOM, systems ...