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Agent has designs on National Cyber Security Centre


Agent has been selected by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to design and develop its 2018 Annual Review.

The NCSC is part of GCHQ and the Liverpool agency was briefed to create a document that would appeal to a number of audiences. These ranged from government departments to students.

It also had to ensure a balance between a thought-provoking, relatable concept that was underpinned by a “great execution and quality finish” to demonstrate the importance of the work that the NCSC does.

“Annual Reviews are always interesting pieces of work but this one in particular was a challenge that we were more than willing to take on – we felt that we could really bring something to it,” explained Agent’s creative director, Ben Spencer.

“To fulfil the creative brief, we used the idea of the bug – which is a well-recognised symbol for some of the problems we face – and linked it to the cyber world. During the creation of the bug, we were conscious of referencing the insect without it being too similar to any real-life bug. To ensure a strong and clear link to cyber, we included elements such as a USB mouth and armour scored with circuitry. We also made the bug’s environment neutral in order for it to be used anywhere, without referencing a specific place.”

The concept was then adapted to be used in an online version of the report.

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