NCSC.GOV.UK puts small files (known as “cookies”) onto your computer to collect information about how you use our site.
Cookies are used to:
measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again
You will normally see a message appear on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.
Find out more about how to manage cookies.
Measuring website usage
The NCSC uses the PIWIKTM analytics tool to collect data that we use to improve your experience of our website.
The cookies we use are:
|_pk_id*||Used to prevent counting a person twice when counting how many people visit the website||1 year|
|_pk_ref*||Used to identify the page from which visitors have come to the website; enables us to understand which websites generate the most traffic||1 year|
|_pk_ses*||Used to track how long a visitor stays on the website||1 year|
Our Introductory Message
|cookie-agreed||Records whether or not the cookies notification pop-up has been acknowledged by the user||11 months|
Content Management System
We use the drupal content management system on this website, which also sets a number of cookies:
|SESSxxxx||Used to determine whether the user is logged on to the site||23 Days|
Denial of Service Prevention
We use Web Application Firewalls to detect and block suspicious traffic that may cause a denial of service, which uses a number of cookies:
|BNIS_x-bni-jas||DDoS Prevention||Browser session|
|x-bni-ci||DDoS Prevention||Browser session|
|x-bni-ja||DDoS Prevention||Browser session|
|AWSELB||Load Balancing||Browser session|
Third Party Cookies
First-party cookies are those that we set for NCSC.GOV.UK; third party cookies are cookies that originate from different websites. We do not control the setting of third-party cookies, so if you are concerned you should check the policy on the third-party website.
An example of a third-party website we use is YouTubeTM . We have a number of videos on NCSC.GOV.UK and although we own (or have permission to use) them, the video content is actually streamed from YouTubeTM . You may therefore receive a YouTube cookie if you view one of our videos.