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National Cyber Force to transform U.K.'s cybersecurity operations

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November 23, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

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UNITED KINGDOM. The United Kingdom's Prime Minister (PM) has announced that the new National Cyber Force (NCF) is helping to transform the U.K.’s cyber capabilities to disrupt adversaries and keep the U.K. safe.

In a speech on defense spending, the PM avowed the GCHQ and Ministry of Defence (MoD) partnership which is conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists, and criminals threatening the U.K.’s national security. 

The NCF draws together personnel from intelligence, cyber, and security agency GCHQ, the MoD, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) under one unified command for the first time. Dstl’s scientific and technical capabilities and GCHQ’s global intelligence, SIS (MI6) will aim to provide its expertise in recruiting and running agents alongside its ability to deliver clandestine operational technology.

Examples of cyber operations could include; interfering with a mobile phone to prevent a terrorist from being able to communicate with their contacts, helping to prevent the internet from being used as a global platform for serious crimes, and keeping U.K. military aircraft safe from targeting by hostile weapons systems.