The new National Cyber Force (NCF) is helping to transform the UK’s cyber capabilities to disrupt adversaries and keep the UK safe, the Prime Minister announced today
In a speech on defence 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 UK’s national security – from countering terror plots to supporting military operations. Working alongside the NCSC – a part of GCHQ – which protects the digital homeland, the NCF plays a vital role in enhancing the UK’s world-leading and responsible cyber power.
The NCF draws together personnel from intelligence, cyber and security agency GCHQ, the MoD, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) under one unified command for the first time. Alongside MoD’s operational expertise, DSTL’s scientific and technical capabilities and GCHQ’s global intelligence, SIS (MI6) provides its expertise in recruiting and running agents alongside its unique ability to deliver clandestine operational technology.
Used alongside diplomatic, economic, political and military capabilities, 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, including sexual abuse of children and fraud; and
- keeping UK military aircraft safe from targeting by hostile weapons systems.