UK Invests £22 Million In Coordinated Cyber Intelligence Sharing

Concerned with the intense and hostile intents of state backed Russian hackers attempting to damage the digital infrastructure of the EU and UK, the Government are ready to spend £22 million in a new defensive initiative.

The new Cyber-Operations centres will be used by the army and help to coordinate efforts, now that cyber is considered a legitimate military domain by NATO.

The Cyber-Operations centres will become fully operational in 2020 and will help in the collaboration and sharing of information between the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the military and the security services.

During the recent NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference, held in London last week, the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, shared that NATO is set to share cyber-intelligence with sixteen of its allies.

Widening NATO’s ability to share data will help in the fight against Russian hackers, determined to create cyber vulnerabilities in a number of NATO’s governmental networks.

Tom Copinger-Symes, General Officer commanding force troops command, said:

“These new cyber centers will allow the army and defense to transform the way we use data, at speed, so that we can compete with our adversaries in a way fit for the 21st century.

“Combining artificial intelligence with our military analysts will help us better understand threats and exploit opportunities, in turn enabling us to get the truth out much more rapidly, quashing the noise of disinformation from our enemies.”

Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, commented:

“The challenge today is therefore to apply the eternal verities at the heart of NATO’s success to the alliance’s newest operational domain. And that means deterrence – strengthening our joint ability to deter those who would harm our citizens in cyberspace.”

Jens Stoltenberg, the Military Alliance’s Secretary General, commented:

“We are implementing our cyber-defence pledge which is ensuring that we are strengthening the cyber-defences of both NATO networks but also helping NATO allies to strengthen their cyber-defences.

“We exercise more, we share best practices and technology and we also work more and more closely with all allies looking into how we can integrate their capabilities, strengthening NATO’s capability to defend our networks.

“All of this highlights the advantage of being an alliance of 29 allies because we can work together, strengthen each other and learn from each other.”

Does the government need to increase its investment in defences that will help the UK’s digital infrastructure? Will this investment help in the protection of NATO states?