The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it will spend over £40m on a new Cyber Security Operations Centre designed to bolster its network and system defences.
The new centre will be based in Corsham, Wiltshire, which is home to a £690m central communications centre and several other MoD units.
The government outlined in its Strategic Defence and Security Review in November that it would invest £1.9bn over the next five years in protecting the UK from cyber attacks and developing "sovereign capabilities" in cyber space. The new MoD centre forms part of this wider government plan.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon claimed that Britain is a "world leader" in cyber security, but suggested that the operations centre will help the Armed Forces to operate securely in the face of a growing number of threats.
"Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyber space while also investing in conventional capabilities," he said.
The government explained that the new centre will also help the MoD to work with other government departments, allies and the industry on overcoming cyber security challenges.
"This will further strengthen our defences and enable the most efficient working," it said.
No further information in terms of suppliers or a timeline have yet been announced.
The project is the latest effort to increase the UK's cyber security capabilities. Plans last March revealed that the government had awarded £1.4m to Airbus UK to build a virtual cyber command centre for the MoD.
That funding came from the government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to build the Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations designed to give the MoD an insight into the threats to its network and see them in the context of its wider networks to better coordinate responses.
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