Government to fund new Army cyber operations centres

Published on: 7 Jun 2019

The government has revealed it is to provide £22 million in funding to create a network of army cyber operations centres across the UK.

Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt said they will draw knowledge from a range of sources, including national intelligence agencies, in order to provide the army with round-the-clock information and analysis.

It is hoped this will give the British Armed Forces the upper hand on emerging digital threats on overseas operations, humanitarian missions and home soil.

Ms Mordaunt commented: "It's time to pay more than lip service to cyber. Cyber enemies think they can act with impunity. We must show them they can't. We need coherent cyber offense as well as defence."

It is expected that construction of the new centres will begin next year ahead of them becoming fully operational some time in the early 2020s.

The government has been putting more of its resources into cyber threats lately, with the Defence Cyber School that trains the next generation of tech experts now having been open a year.