With an expansion of digital capabilities now forming the backbone of defence modernisation and an increased use of integrated, networked platforms, cyber security and information exploitation will continue to play an integral role in ensuring operational effectiveness.
The recognised importance of cyber in the Integrated Review has been demonstrated by the establishment of the new National Cyber Force, established to increase the UK’s ability to counter threats in cyberspace, both state-sponsored and criminal. There has also been a £305m investment in the cross-government National Cyber Security Programme which has solidified cyber’s role as being at the core of defence policy in the UK and abroad.
This comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, including the need for non-traditional skills and technology to be rapidly incorporated into legacy structures. The constantly evolving threat landscape, steep development curve, and the blurring boundaries between national and public defence, makes cyber security a uniquely dynamic sector.