Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced a £265m investment in a programme to improve the country’s protection against cyber attacks.
Fallon said that although the UK is a world leader in cyber security, there is still much more to be done.
He said: “Today, I can announce we’re investing £265m in a pioneering approach to root out cyber vulnerabilities within our military platforms and wider cyber-dependent systems.“The UK is a world leader in cyber security, and we recognise that cyber risk is one of the greatest threats we face in the modern world,” said Fallon.
“It is crucial we innovate and stay ahead of this ever-changing danger. By investing in this programme, we’re helping to ensure the UK’s protection.”
The funding is in addition to the £1.9bn the government is investing in cyber security over the course of this parliament.
Fallon added that it shouldn’t just be about defence, but should be about offence too.
He said: “It is important that our adversaries know there is a price to pay if they use cyber weapons against us, and we are as capable of projecting power in cyber space as elsewhere,”
Last year the government announced it was working to exploit opportunities for using cyber to deliver “military effects” through the National Offensive Cyber Programme.
The defence secretary also called on Nato allies to work together to address cyber threats, as well as sharing skills and knowledge.
Fallon said: “An effective response to the dangers of cyber requires all Nato nations to step up.“We’re only as strong as our weakest link. Britain is doing its bit. We are leaving Europe, but we’re also stepping up our commitment to European and alliance cyber security.”
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