National Cyber Force Set To Launch In Spring

A team of 500 hacking specialists, known as the National Cyber Force is set to launch in Spring 2020, and is set to tackle terror groups and target hostile states, in the war against cyber threats.

The National Cyber Force is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and GCHQ. The creation of the group will help Britain be seen as a “cyber power” capable of disrupting those who wished to target our networks and take down communications networks used by terror groups.

Details of the exact remit of the task force’s role, who’s involved and who will lead the way have been kept secret, which has caused some concern for experts who are unable to see how this prepares the UK for cyber warfare.

James Sullivan, the Head of Cyber Research at defence thinktank Rusi, said:

“There has been limited public debate on the purpose and ethics of offensive cyber, the circumstances under which it might be used, and the kinds of effects that might and might not be acceptable.”

Britain is behind others in the cyber warfare race. Even the USA are slow to acknowledge the use of ethical hackers. However, they have been gradually building their cyber capability a lot quicker than their British counterparts.

Although an announcement is set for later in the year announcing the task force is working. The ins and outs, their remits and who’s involved could remain a secret for the time being.

Although Britain seems to have been a slow starter in the ethical hacking race. The 2020 Hacker Report’ compiled by HackerOne revealed that there are approximately 600,000 in the ethical hacker community. In 2019, the average ethical hacker is said to have earned over £77,000 from bug bounties. This community is continuing to grow as cyber warfare is becoming more and more prominent across the globe.

Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, said:

“Hackers present a global force for good, coming together to help address the growing security needs of our increasingly interconnected society.

“The community welcomes all who enjoy the intellectual challenge to creatively overcome limitations. Their reasons for hacking may vary, but the results are consistently impressing the growing ranks of organisations embracing hackers through crowdsourced security – leaving us all a lot safer than before.”

Do you think Britain is doing enough to tackle the cyber threat?