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New Cyber Reserve Unit Announced

The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, has announced that they will recruit hundreds of computer experts as cyber reservists to help defend the UK’s national security with the creation of a new Joint Cyber Reserve. This will see reservists working alongside regular forces to protect critical computer networks and safeguard vital data.  He said:

“In response to the growing cyber threat, we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK’s range of military capabilities. Increasingly, our defence budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe.

The Cyber Reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyberspace. This is an exciting opportunity for internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.”

Recruiting for the Joint Cyber Reserve will commence in October. All personnel applying to join will be subject to a security clearance process. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reserves-head-up-new-cyber-unit, 1 October 2013)

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