UK's Cyber-War Defences to Include "Territorial Army for Computer Geniuses"

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Ministry of Defence is looking to recruit a casual army of computer nerds, which will work alongside the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit to defend our firewalls. Sort of a Dad's Army of part-time hackers able to protect our systems and attack those of aggressors.

Defence secretary Philip Hammond told the Mail on Sunday about his plan, making it sound quite thrilling and like a pitch for a new TV series, saying: "People think of military as land, sea and air. We long ago recognised a fourth domain -- space. Now there's a fifth -- cyber."

And it's not all about defence. The UK will have the ability to attack other countries, with Hammond saying: "You deter people by having an offensive capability. We will build in Britain a cyber strike capability so we can strike back in cyber space against enemies who attack us, putting cyber alongside land, sea, air and space as a mainstream military activity. Our commanders can use cyber weapons alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts."

And even if you're a porker with no outdoors skills, you can be part of this new sedentary army. The Cyber National Guard of part-time reservists is described by Hammond as being "A TA for computer geniuses." [MoS via BBC]