UK plans new cyber force to boost strike ability
LONDON (AP) - Britain's defence secretary says it is recruiting hundreds of experts for a new cyber force designed to protect the nation's vital data - and stage cyberattacks if necessary.
Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond says the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit aims to boost Britain's offensive and defensive capabilities in an age of increasing threats from cyberespionage and cybersabotage.
He said in a statement released Sunday that the recruitment drive, to launch in October, will target military reservists and those leaving the armed forces. It will also welcome computer experts with no military experience.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he said it was no longer enough to build purely defensive cyber capabilities.