Nov 20, 2020

UK's National Cyber Force comes out of the shadows

The National Cyber Force's existence has been publicly confirmed after months of speculation and a decade after the UK first began offensive cyber-operations. The aim is that when UK armed forces go into combat, cyber-operations will be closely integrated with the traditional military. The NCF is recruiting through existing members of the armed forces and from GCHQ, MI6 and also the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. In 2018, GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming talked of "a major offensive cyber-campaign" against IS, which suppressed its propaganda, hindered its ability to co-ordinate attacks, and protected coalition forces on the battlefield. The birth of Cyber Force has not been entirely smooth.

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