UK MoD develops new cyber test for military personnel

22 June 2016 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2016 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has developed a new cyber test, under a partnership with American technology company IBM.

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has developed a new cyber test, under a partnership with American technology company IBM.

The Defence Cyber Aptitude Test (DCAT) has the ability to identify military personnel skilled in cyber work.

The DCAT, which comprises several sections, will test an individual's abilities across a range of cognitive challenges, prior to measuring technical knowledge.

"It's a useful tool for service career and branch managers to help identify individuals with natural talent."

The MoD said that the test improves the existing selection measures for personnel already serving, who hope to get posted to a cyber unit in the future.

Project lead for cyber test major Harry Porteous said: "It's a useful tool for service career and branch managers to help identify individuals with natural talent and the right skills to succeed at the cutting edge of defence cyber operations."

The test is being launched across the UK defence industry for use at the early stages of technical training and service careers.

Earlier in 2013, the MoD formed Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) to create a joint response to the cyber threat.

The DCPP aims at improving cyber defence through the MoD's supply chain while preserving existing investment in cyber security measures in an effort to protect the nation's military capability.

This joint MoD / industry initiative focuses on information sharing, measurements and standards, and supply chain awareness.


Image: The Defence Cyber Aptitude Test (DCAT) has the ability to identify military personnel skilled in cyber work. Photo: courtesy of Harland Quarrington, MOD Crown Copyright.