U.K. to Spend Hundreds of Millions on Cyber Attack Capability
The U.K. will spend hundreds of millions of pounds hiring hundreds of computer experts to allow the nation to launch cyber attacks if necessary.
“In response to the growing cyber threat, we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability,” Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said in an e-mailed statement. “Increasingly, our defense 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 creation of the Joint Cyber Reserve will represent a significant increase in the number of reservists employed in cyber security, the defence ministry said.
Recruiting will start in October and target three groups: regular personnel leaving the armed forces; current and former reservists with the necessary skills; and individuals with no previous military experience but with technical knowledge.
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