Ministry of Defence announces cyber regiment as part of armed forces

The Ministry of Defence has announced the launch of a cyber regiment as part of its modernisation of the armed forces.

The Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said that the new regiment, to be known as the 13th Signal Regiment, is being launched to help protect frontline operations from digital attack.

The MOD said that the launch of the new cyber regiment was required because warfare is evolving. It explained that as wars shift from the industrial age to information age, digital and cyber are becoming relied upon to protect both the UK’s security and the security of armed forces personnel overseas.

The MOD said that cyber and digital has become a new frontline, in addition to land, air and sea.

The 13th Singal Regiment will be headquartered in Blandford, Dorset, and will be based on a init core of 250 specialist servicemen and women with the necessary technical skills.

Ben Wallace said: “This is a step-change in the modernisation of the UK Armed Forces for information warfare. Cyber-attacks are every bit as deadly as those faced on the physical battlefield, so we must prepare to defend ourselves from all those who would do us harm and 13th Signal Regiment is a vital addition to that defence.”

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith said that the new regiment “is the British Army’s brand new cyber regiment – matching cutting edge technology with cyber-fit soldiers to compete and win in the information age.”

Brigadier John Collyer, Commander 1st (UK) Signal Brigade, said: “The re-formation of 13th Signal Regiment is an exciting step forward as the Royal Signals, Army and wider Defence rapidly drives up their potency and resilience in the information environment and cyber domain.
The stakes are high and our success is increasingly and critically reliant on focusing our brightest men and women onto the opportunities and risks that underpin our operations – both home and away.”

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