Newsbite: New Defence Cyber School opens at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham


Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham opens as part of government moves to increase the country's cyber-defence capability - while government restates willingness to use offensive cyber-weapons.

As part of a joint investment by the MOD and the National Cyber Security Programme, the Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham will address specialist skills and wider education in line with National Cyber Security Strategy objectives.

Armed Forces' Minister Mark Lancaster, who opened the school, said in a press statement: "Cyber-threats to the UK are constantly evolving and we take them very seriously. That's why the Defence Cyber School is so important. It's a state-of-the-art centre of excellence that will train more personnel across Defence and wider government in dealing with emerging threats."

It was noted the facility adds to current capabilities including the Global Operations and Security Control Centre at MOD Corsham; and the MOD Computer Emergency Response Team (MOD-CERT); Rapid Response Teams will be established from April.

Teams of specialist Incident Responders will be available to deploy to locations around the UK and overseas, to tackle malicious cyber-activity - similar to the Nato cyber-incident rapid response capability which has previously been deployed at Nato facilities globally.

Commander Joint Forces Command, General Sir Chris Deverell, also issued a statement, saying:  "Defence has a number of very highly-trained military personnel on hand to deal with emerging and complex cyber-threats. We are reinforcing these capabilities with the creation of Rapid Response Teams. Our threat-hunters give us the ability to identify, isolate and respond to these threats, whenever and wherever they might arise."

The newspapers are currently full of the news of a potentially lethal nerve agent attack on former Russian military informer to M16, Sergei Skripal, who was described on ITV news by fellow Russian exile Valery Morozov as working in cyber-security in the UK while also having monthly meetings with military intelligence at the Russian embassy.  So its not surprising that the government statement notes how, "the UK faces a deliberate attempt to destabilise secured peace and prosperity," and takes the opportunity to restate the new UK doctrine that, "offensive cyber can be used to deal with serious threats to the meet these threats head-on."


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