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UK to beef up cyber defence capabilities through new school

Matteo Natalucci Published 09 March 2018

New Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham aims to counter emerging threats


A joint investment initiative by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the National Cyber Security Programme has led to the creation of the Defence Cyber School (DCS) at the Defence Academy.

The school has opened in Shrivenham to deliver training and education to defence and government partners in line with the National Cyber Security Strategy, to contribute to the development of the UK’s national cyber capability.

The DCS is intended to provide a centre of excellence for cyber training to meet the needs of defence and its partners, addressing all aspects of cyber training and education, and will also provide a facility to exercise operations in the cyber domain.

The school will also provide facilities for communities to exercise, test and support the cyber resilience of UK systems, and opportunities for increased collaboration between government, industry and academia in order to identify cyber skills requirements and provide the right training and education to meet those requirements.

The investment by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the National Cyber Security Programme is intended to boost digital skills and wider education in line with National Cyber Security Strategy objectives.

Armed Forces’ Minister Mark Lancaster 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”.

Commander Joint Forces Command General Sir Chris Deverell said, “Defence has a number of very highly-trained military personnel on hand to deal with emerging and complex cyber threats. We are reinforcing these capabilities with the creation of Rapid Response Teams. Our threat-hunters give us the ability to identify, isolate and respond to these threats, whenever and wherever they might arise”.

The government’s 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy provided £1.9bn of investment in cyber security capabilities to tackle threats.The government also announced that teams of specialist Incident Responders will be deployed to locations around the UK and overseas, to tackle malicious cyber activity.

The Rapid Response Teams will be established from April, and will be built on current capabilities; which include the Global Operations and Security Control Centre at MOD Corsham; and the MOD Computer Emergency Response Team (MOD-CERT).

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