Defence secretary puts £22m into cyber centres to ‘put the Army at the forefront of information warfare’
Facilities will provide round-the-clock info on digital threats
Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Archive/PA Images
Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced that the government is to invest £22m in establishing a network of Army cyber operations centres.
The centres will be designed to provide the Army with round-the-clock “information and analysis”, as well as enabling defence chiefs to “dispel misinformation and give the UK Armed Forces and our allies the upper hand on emerging digital threats”, the government said. The facilities will support overseas military and humanitarian operations, as well as protecting digital communications in the UK.
Cyber experts at the centre will work with data from various sources, including the intelligence services and open-source data. The government believes the facilities will put “the Army at the forefront of information warfare”.
- Defence secretary invests £66m to get robots on the front line
- Capita-led recruitment project hamstrung by Army’s ‘antiquated IT system’, MPs told
- MoD seeks £4.5m partner for ‘battlefield information system’
Mordaunt (pictured above) said: “We know all about the dangers. Whether the attacks come from Russia, China or North Korea. Whether they come from hacktivists, criminals or extremists. Whether its malware or fake news, cyber can bring down our national infrastructure and undermine our democracy.”
She added: “It’s time to pay more than lip service to cyber. We must convince our adversaries their advances simply aren’t worth the cost. Cyber enemies think they can act with impunity. We must show them they can’t. That we are ready to respond at a time and place of our choosing in any domain, not just the virtual world. We need coherent cyber offence as well as defence.”
How many centres will be established and where has yet to be confirmed, but construction is scheduled to begin next year, ahead of an operational launch “in the early 2020s”.
Major general Tom Copinger-Symes, general officer Commanding Force Troops Command, said: “These new cyber centres will allow the Army and defence to transform the way we use data, at speed, so that we can compete with our adversaries in a way fit for the 21st century. Combining artificial intelligence with our military analysts will help us better understand threats and exploit opportunities, in turn enabling us to get the truth out much more rapidly, quashing the noise of disinformation from our enemies.”
Tax agency issues two contract notices for design and delivery specialists
Organisation is working through ‘some points of detail’ with four that are yet to sign
Government seeks input on possible new methods of protecting currency
Government commences procurement process for technology tool
Security can help you grow whilst protecting the very core of your organisation, writes BT
BT looks at how to secure your SD-WAN services, starting with security by design
Nigel Hawthorn looks at how to review cloud use, report on risks and apply policies to reduce likely data loss incidents in this latest insight from BT
New network technology creates new risk, but the same technology is driving a step-change in how we think about security, writes BT