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UK Government to form new cyber unit

Filed under: Cyber Security — Mark on October 9, 2013

The UK will be forming a unit of cyber specialists that will help in defending national security, defence secretary Philip Hammond revealed recently.

The MoD will look to hire reservists to act as technology experts, working with regular forces to create the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. There will be hundreds of vacancies available, so those seeking cyber security jobs would be well advised to keep their eyes on developments.

Recruitment will commence in November.

The cyber unit will be prepared to launch strikes should it be deemed necessary.

The team’s role is to provide protection for computer networks as well as safeguard crucial information.

Hammond said that he believed the threat to be genuine when he spoke at the Conservative conference. He explained:

“Last year, our cyber defences blocked around 400,000 advanced, malicious cyber threats to the government secure intranet alone.”

The MoD said:

“[The creation of the] Joint Cyber Unit (Reserve) will allow it to draw on individuals’ talent, skills and expertise gained from their civilian experience to meet these threats.”

The MoD announced that the recruitment drive will look to regular personnel ending their time in the forces, civilians possessing the necessary technological knowledge and both ex and current reservists with the right abilities.

Cybercrime and attacks are more common than they once were.

British Intelligence spoke to the BBC in July, when it reported seeing around 70 high-level cyber espionage attacks per month against either industry or government networks.

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