The UK Government has committed £265m to help enhance British military cyber systems, in order to defend against growing security risks.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Cyber-attack is one of the greatest challenges to our security. It’s crucial we use our increasing defence budget to stay ahead and investing in this programme will help us protect against these threats.”

The investment, which supports the new Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) programme, will improve the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) understanding of cyber risks, Fallon said.

It will also help the MoD ensure that cyber-attack capabilities are built into equipment in the future.

The programme will complement the Cyber Security Operations Centre's (CSOC) work to enhance protection for the MoD’s cyber-space.

"Cyber-attack is one of the greatest challenges to our security."

It has also benefited from detailed analysis across a full range of potential cyber-attacks, MoD said in a statement.

The funding follows a memorandum of understanding between the UK and the US to work more closely together to fight cyber attacks.

France has also collaborated with the UK to enhance cyber-security under the Lancaster House Agreement.

The latest cyber investment plan coincides with the launch of the next phase of a €150m joint maritime mine counter measures (MMCM) programme.

Created to enhance maritime warfare capabilities, the MMCM programme aims to develop unmanned mine clearance drones that will protect military personnel in challenging environments.

Image: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon at the second RUSI Cyber Symposium. Photo: UK Government.