THE director of GCHQ wants tech companies and not their customers to take on more of the burden of cybersecurity.

Jeremy Fleming on Wednesday will deliver the keynote speech at a major conference in Glasgow on online safey for individuals and businesses.

His main message? That GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre or NCSC has already strengthened Britain's defences from hackers, phishers and other digital criminals.

But Mr Fleming will also say the body plans “to do more to take the burden of cyber security away from the individual".

According to excerpts of his speech issued in advance, he will add: "We will continue to work closely with device manufacturers and online platform providers to build security into their products and services at the design stage.

"We will work with ISPs to enhance the security of internet-connected devices in the home. And we will share intelligence with banks to enable them to alert customers to threats in close to real time.”

A recent cyber security survey found just 15% of people know how to protect themselves on the internet. There are some signs of progress.

Mr Fleming is expected to set out how the NCSC will seek to expand the cyber security ecosystem by using “its unique insights into the structural vulnerabilities of the internet in partnership with business to detect, disrupt and fix malicious online behaviour.”

GCHQ said he would draw on the success of the Active Cyber Defence programme which uses automation to block attacks at scale in order to make the internet safer for people to use. 

In March the UK-hosted share of global phishing dropped below 2% for the first time. That is down from 5.4% in 2016 when the programme began.

In 2016, HMRC was the 16th most phished brand globally, accounting for 1.25% of all phishing emails sent. Today, according to NCSC, it is ranked 146th and accounts for less than 0.1% of all phishing emails.

For Mr Fleming, cyber security is only possible if the UK has a "genuinely national effort – with more connections and deeper cooperation with the private sector and even closer working with our partners and allies.”

That means government sharing intelligence with industry, he will say, and that ntelligence must flow both ways.

He will say that “we have made it simple for our analysts to share time-critical, secret information in a matter of seconds. With just one click, this information can be shared and action taken. In the coming year, we will continue to scale this capability so – whether it’s indicators of a nation state cyber actor, details of malware used by cyber criminals or credit cards being sold on the Dark Web – we will declassify this information and get it back to those who can act on it.”

GCHQ and the leaders of all Five Eyes - the intelligence gathering networks of Britain, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - will all appear at the CYBERUK conference in Glasgow. That will be the first time they share a public stage. 

Some 2500 people are expected to attend the event, which is at the SECC.