A new Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, has been opened to address specialist skills in line with National Cyber Security Strategy objectives.
Armed Forces’ Minister Mark Lancaster said that the school, which is part of a joint investment by the Ministry of Defence and the National Cyber Security Programme, will assist in training personnel across Defence and wider government in dealing with emerging threats and to help advance counter cyber capabilities which can protect national interests from harm caused by adversaries.
The 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy provided £1.9 billion of transformative investment in cyber, which is being used alongside more conventional land, maritime and air capabilities, to meet these threats head-on.
Lancaster, who opened the school, said: “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.”
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force attends over 2,500 suspect devices, WWII bombs, and terrorist situations in Great Britain each year.