Mon Nov 23 2020
Government announces the formation of a National Cyber Force To Protect the UK
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said the National Cyber Force (NCF) would allow the UK to counter threats by targeting individuals and states digitally.
Working in close partnership with law enforcement and international partners, the National Cyber Force operates in a legal, ethical and proportionate way to help defend the nation and counter the full range of national security threats.
Although little detail was given as to the NCF’s exact workings, it’s believed that the unit will be made up of Government led white-hat hackers who’ve been trained to launch devasting cyber attacks at the UK’s enemies.
We do know that their main responsibilities will include disrupting the online communication capabilities of groups hostile to the UK or pose a threat to our national security.
NCF spies will be able to disrupt hostile nations servers, block terrorists phone signals from the other side of the world and hack into enemy weapons systems as well as work to prevent online crimes such as the exploitation of children.
The NCF will operate under the remit of GCHQ and the MoD and is hoped, in the next decade, to reach over 3,000 employees.
The National Cyber Force is a joint Defence and GCHQ capability, giving the UK a world class ability to conduct cyber operations. The NCF is bolstering our global presence in the cyber domain, and it is a clear example of how we are turning our ambitious agenda to modernise defence into a reality.
The new NCF has been operating secretly since April, working closely with top UK cyber experts from GCHQ, MI6 and the joint Armed Forces at GCHQ’s HQ in Cheltenham and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down.
Boris Johnson announced NCF as part of a £16.5bn defence spending scheme, some of which will also go towards creating a UK Space Command as well as a Government agency dedicated solely to AI.
UK Space Command is being set up to protect Britain’s interests in space and to oversee the launch of the first UK rocket from Scotland in 2022.
Mon Nov 23 2020