Armed forces veterans to be recruited for cyber security unit
THEY fought for Britain on the frontlines, and will now fight for their country in cyberspace.
Recruitment has started for a new Joint Cyber Reserve, a full time Ministry of Defence (MoD) specialist team which will support the Joint Cyber Unit based in Cheltenham, believed to be at GCHQ.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced the country is creating the new dedicated team to counter-attack terrorists in cyberspace and, if necessary, go on the offensive.
As part of the MoD’s ‘full-spectrum military capability’, the department is set to recruit hundreds of computer experts for the Reserve to help defend the country’s national security.
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Working with cutting-edge technology, the new reserve unit will take on personnel leaving the armed forces and current and former reservists with the necessary skills.
Those with no military experience can also apply for the role, but must have the technical know-how for the job.
Mr Hammond said: “In response to the growing cyber threat, we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK’s range of military capabilities.
“Increasingly, our defence budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe.
“The Cyber Reserve will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyberspace.
“This is an exciting opportunity for internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.”
A spokesman for the MoD refused to confirm the location of the Joint Cyber Unit, except that it is based in Cheltenham, or exactly how many would be admitted into the reserve unit.
The creation of the Joint Cyber Reserve will see a significant increase in the number of reservists employed in cyber and information protection.
Members of the Reserve will provide support to the Joint Cyber units in Cheltenham and Corsham.
All personnel applying to join will be subject to a security clearance process.
The National Security Strategy has categorised cyber attacks as a ‘Tier One’ threat to the country’s national security, alongside international terrorism.
More than 92 per cent of large corporations and 87per cent of small businesses reported a cyber breach in the past year.