UK builds £40m military cyber defence centre

'State-of-the-art' facility to be opened to boost cyber defences, although details on personnel and capabilities remain vague.

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The MOD says CSOC will help the UK address growing threats in cybersecurity

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to spend £40m on a new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) in an effort to strengthen the UK's defences against cyber threats.

The new centre will be based at a the MoD facility in Corsham, Wiltshire and will be equipped with 'state-of-the-art' defensive cyber capabilities to defend defence infrastructure from malicious actors, such as cybercriminals, hackers and other nations attempting to engage in cyber espionage.

The investment in the CSOC forms part of a wider government plan to modernise and transform the MOD's operational cyber security capabilities, something which the government says it will invest a total of £1.9bn in over the next five years in order to protect the country from cyber attacks.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the new centre will ensure that the armed forces continue to operate securely: "Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities," he said.

CSOC will form part of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre initiative, designed to address the challenge of sharing MoD cyber security challenges across government departments, with international allies and industry as a whole.

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