NTAC Overview

Jun. 7 2016 — 8:21a.m.


The National Technical Assistance Centre NTAC Programme Manager 22nol June 2010 SECRET I ?1

NTAC mission • Facilitate access to warranted voice & data interception • Maintain secure interception networks – Legacy Voice Systems – Data networks • Advising Agencies on exploitation • To process and make visible encrypted or protected data from seized computer media or lawful intercept SECRET

Why is NTAC important? • 11000 targeted intercepts every day 24\7 – Potential to intercept targets on 100% of UK PTN networks • 60% of special source material that GCHQ relies upon for CT is derived from NTAC systems – Bouncer, Canley, Catsup, Condone, Hooch Zamensis • Key to the success of DigInt and Milkwhite SECRET

How does it work? Home Office Warrant Targeting SS BT Data CW Data NTAC HMRC SOCA O2 SECRET

History • Creation of multi-agency technical assistance centre in 2001 (GTAC then NTAC) to serve the whole UK community • Created as a publicly avowed unit within Home Office – Some NTAC staff liable to appear in Court in stored data cases – But operations and capabilities remain secret • Accountability transferred to Director GCHQ on 1st April 2006 • Became part of GCHQ Ops on 1st July 2008 • Programme integration with DET 1st April 2010 SECRET

NTAC logistics • Approximately 100 posts in NTAC (includes vacancies) • Multi-agency team drawn primarily from the intelligence and law enforcement agencies • Annual budget c. £40 million – £20m CTIP, £20m IMP • Based in Thames House – Programme now based in Cheltenham SECRET

NTAC structure H/NTAC - DH/NTAC - Programme Operations Enabling Theme Intercept Theme Application Level Selection Lochinvar Operations Team Forensics Team SECRET Industry Gateway Technical Futures and Standards Systems Engineering Intercept Operations

NTAC primary customers • • • • • • • • • ACPO SOCA MPSB ACPO (S) PSNI Security Service SIS GCHQ HM Revenue & Customs SECRET

NTAC programme outcomes • Maintain current intercept • Extend and improve current intercept • Improve LI infrastructure (components and services) • Develop NTAC operations to meet current and future mission SECRET

Programme structure Enabling Intercept Lochinvar ALS Programme Management Business Change Systems Engineering PMO SECRET

Key challenges facing the programme • Keeping pace with rapid changes in the telecommunications environment • Resources – Getting the right skills and number of resources within the programme team – Getting right level of support from product centres to enable the programme to meet current and future requirements • Managing the change associated with integration • Complex stakeholder management – CSPs – Home Office (PPSU and CCD) – No single BCM SECRET

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