The UK government have announced that they are to create a new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit to help protect National Security.
It’s remit is to protect “computer networks and safeguard vital data” but will also be responsible for launching cyber attacks if deemed necessary.
Phillip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, believes that cyber is “the new frontier for defence“. He added that while the UK had been building up cyber defence capabilities for years, it was important to have offensive measures ready as well:
You deter people by having an offensive capability. We will build in Britain a cyber strike capability so we can strike back in cyber space against enemies who attack us, putting cyber alongside land, sea, air and space as a mainstream military activity.
Our commanders can use cyber weapons alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) stated that there will be a “significant increase” with “hundreds recruited” that will include a mix of military personnel along with “individuals who have the appropriate technological knowledge and skills“. Recruitment begins in October.