Cyberattack on computer screen (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).
Picture: Alamy Stock Photo.

New £50m UK centre to train top cyber experts

Cyberattack on computer screen (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo).
Picture: Alamy Stock Photo.

A new £50m UK centre will train the world's cyber experts, the Defence Secretary has said.

The announcement was made during the Atlantic Future Forum defence summit on HMS Queen Elizabeth, at anchor in New York.

The academy will be based at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire and will launch this year, enabling defence personnel to be at the forefront of cyber technology, strategy and operational awareness, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said.

This closer alliance, it added, would strengthen NATO ties and boost the effectiveness of British troops on multi-domain operations around the world.

It comes after the Government revealed that cyber-attacks, including espionage and ransomware infiltration, cost an estimated £100m in the past year.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Defence co-operation between the United Kingdom and the United States is the broadest and deepest of any two countries in the world and will continue to expand in the coming decades.


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"The Defence Cyber Academy builds on that collaboration, defining closer integration and shared capability, helping us and our allies counter global cyber security threats, staying on step ahead and at the forefront of this cutting-edge military domain."

Commander of Strategic Command General Sir Jim Hockenhull said: "As defence's leader for the cyber domain, Strategic Command is committed to ensuring our personnel have the cyber skills needed to maintain a competitive edge against our adversaries."

He said the academy "will allow us to expand the training opportunities we offer, and share these with our international allies".

"This new development will help us share our expertise and better conduct the integrated operations needed in a modern battlespace," he added.