Michael Fallon MP announced the investment as part of the UK’s expanding defence budget
Michael Fallon MP announced the investment as part of the UK’s expanding defence budget

The Defence secretary of the United Kingdom, Michael Fallon MP, has announced a massive endowment to create a new Cyber-Security Operations Centre (CSOC) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The £40 million fund comes as part of an even larger £1.9 billion to be invested in the UK's cyber-security over the next five years. The funds were called for in last November's Strategic Defence and Security Review and according to the Ministry “will transform the MoD's operational cyber-security capabilities”.

The UK was one of the first countries to admit to having a dedicated offensive capability in the cyber-realm, and Fallon said that though the UK is a “world leader in cyber-security”, it's facing a growing problem in the form of cyber-threats.

Fallon added, “Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyber-space while also investing in conventional capabilities.”

The MoD said in a statement: “The CSOC will facilitate the sharing of MOD cyber security challenges across government departments, with allies and with industry.”

It added, “This will act to further strengthen our defences and enable the most efficient working.”

The Centre will be based at an MoD facility in Corsham, Wiltshire, home to an array of MoD units.

Ewan Lawson, a senior research fellow for Military Influence at the Royal United Services Institute and expert in cyber-security told SCMagazineUK.com that the centre is also known as the Global Operations Security Control Centre.

This, said Lawson, is “a 24/7/365 defence cyber security operations centre which I think stood up in around 2011 at a cost of between £600m and £700m. Given this investment, a further £40m at this time would seem to make sense against a developing threat picture.”