UK plans new cyber force
30 September 2013, 09:57
London - Britain's defence secretary says it is recruiting hundreds of experts for a new cyber force designed to protect the nation's vital data - and stage cyber-attacks if necessary.
Philip Hammond says the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit aims to boost Britain's offensive and defensive capabilities in an age of increasing threats from cyber-espionage and cyber-sabotage.
The defence chief said in a statement released on Sunday that the recruitment drive, to launch in October, will target military reservists and those leaving the armed forces.
It will also welcome computer experts with no military experience.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Hammond said it was no longer enough to build purely defensive cyber capabilities.