UK to invest £40m on new cyber security operations centre in Corsham

4 April 2016 (Last Updated April 4th, 2016 18:30)

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced an investment of more than £40m to develop a new cyber-security operations centre (CSOC) fortifying the nation's cyber defence.

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UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced an investment of more than £40m to develop a new cyber-security operations centre (CSOC) fortifying the nation's cyber defence.

The new centre will be located at a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) establishment in Corsham, which is home to several MoD units, including the Global Operations Security Control Centre (GOSCC).

The £40m investment in the CSOC is a part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) which expects the government to invest £1.9bn over the next five years to protect the UK from potential cyber threats.

Fallon said: "Britain is a world leader in cyber-security but with growing threats this new operations centre will ensure that our 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."

"Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities."

The CSOC will be manned by experts and use defensive measures to protect the nation's cyberspace from attacks, enabling defence networks to operate safely and securely.

The new system will share the MoD cyber-security challenges across government departments, as well as allies and industry partners.

GOSCC acts as a focus for the cyber defence of UK networks. Based at Corsham, it operates 24 hours a day to monitor the country's networks, detect attacks, and take the appropriate actions required.


Image: CSOC to strengthen UK defence's cyber-security. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.