£22 million for Army cyber operations centres
Speaking this evening at the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced £22 million in funding for Army cyber operations centres.
The military is developing its cyber capabilities as part of the £1.9 billion investment into the National Cyber Security Strategy, focusing specifically on boosting the UK’s cyber security. Recent cyber innovations include the state-of-the-art Defence Cyber School, which marked its first anniversary in March this year, is also training the next generation of cyber experts.
The cyber centres will provide the Army with 24/7 information and analysis, dispel misinformation and give the UK Armed Forces and our allies the upper hand on emerging digital threats. They will draw together cyber capability from a range of sources – including both national intelligence and open source data – to give the Army the competitive edge across all environments.
Mordaunt 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.
“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 offense as well as defence. So today I can announce we will be investing £22 million to create new cyber operations centres.”