The UK is to invest up to £265m to boost the defence of cyber infrastructure, the Defence Secretary has announced.
Michael Fallon said the investment, which supports the new Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) programme, will help the MOD better understand cyber risks.
Speaking at the second International Cyber Symposium Mr Fallon said it will also help the MOD ensure that resilience to cyber-attack is built-in when buying equipment in future.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“Cyber-attack is one of the greatest challenges to our security.
It’s crucial we use our increasing defence budget to stay ahead and investing in this programme will help us protect against these threats.”
The programme will complement the work of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), the £40 million facility announced in April to use state-of-the-art cyber capabilities to protect the MOD’s cyberspace from malicious actors.
The programme has also benefited from detailed analysis across the full range of potential cyber-attacks, meaning it is dynamic and can be applied to all aspects of MOD digital systems.
The funding follows the UK and US signing a Memorandum Of Understanding to work more closely together to overcome the growing risk.
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