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British Army reservists set for information security skills training

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British Army reservists are to be retrained to become specialists in cyber security.

According to the Independent, new members of the Army Reserves, formerly the Territorial Army, will have a much more integrated role to counter the new threats presented by technology and they will have enhanced training programmes intended to bring them closer to the standards of the regulars.

Last week army head General Sir Peter Wall said that the threats presented by cyber space called for the armed forces to "think and act differently" and that how experts are recruited and retained needs to be considered.

This follows a call by ISACA's chair of the London Chapter security group Amar Singh that former military specialists should be retrained as information security specialists to work in this sector. Singh told SC Magazine that in his view, it was a case of 'the more the merrier' and welcomed this news.

Ross Parsell, director of cyber security at Thales UK, said: “By re-skilling its existing force in cyber security, the British Army is addressing the blurring of the lines between physical and virtual defence, which has become prevalent over the past decade.

“With the advent of cyber espionage and attacks that threaten national critical infrastructure, the need for a holistic approach to national security is long overdue. It's great to see the army taking its share of responsibility for this alongside its traditional physical defence remit.

“In addition, and just as importantly, this move will help enormously in positioning public sector cyber security as an attractive career prospect for the next generation.”

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