The British army is launching a 250-strong cyber warfare division in an effort to modernise the armed forces and better protect frontline operations.
Stationed in Blandford, Dorset, the new unit, known as the 13th Signal Regiment, is the British army’s first dedicated cyber regiment.
It will be tasked with developing an Army Cyber Information Security Operations Centre, protecting sensitive military communications and developing “digital armour” around overseas personnel.
In a statement issued with the announcement, the defence secretary Ben Wallace (pictured) said: “This is a step-change in the modernisation of the UK Armed Forces for information warfare.
“Cyber-attacks are every bit as deadly as those faced on the physical battlefield, so we must prepare to defend ourselves from all those who would do us harm and 13th Signal Regiment is a vital addition to that defence.”
Today, we are marking the formation of @BritishArmy‘s first cyber regiment.
The 13th Signals will protect vital defence networks for our personnel on exercise and operations, at home and overseas.
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) June 4, 2020