Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Logo Islandinfo
Mauritius in your hands            
Home

Find in Mauritius

         
Sight Seeing
Activities
Shopping
Eating Out
Nightlife
Hotels
Body & Soul
Business
Services
Real Estate
Mauritius Map
Mauritius Online Magazine May 2017 Issue
Testimonials
Expatriates in Mauritius
Mauritius Discovery
Mauritius Explore
Mauritius Escape
Voucher

Forthcoming Events
in Mauritius


Events & Galleries
in Mauritius
Min: 19 Max: 27
Partly Cloudy
Other regions of Mauritius
 
Email:
           
TOMORROW'S WORLD
01 Jun 2011
UK BEEFS UP CYBER WARFARE PLANS

Cyber' soldiers will be put alongside conventional troops as the government puts cyber attacks on an equal footing with other conflicts.

The news comes as US defence firm Lockheed Martin admitted it came under a significant cyber attack last week.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it will recruit hundreds of cyber experts to shore up UK defences.

It is part of a £650m fund set aside by the government for dealing with cyber security.

"Our forces depend on computer networks, both in the UK and in operations around the world. But our adversaries present an advance and rapidly developing threat to these networks," said the MoD in a statement.

"Future conflict will see cyber operations conducted in parallel with more conventional actions the sea, land and air operations," it added.

It will see a growing band of cyber experts deployed by the armed forces to protect vital networks.

"We expect to significantly grow the number of dedicated cyber experts in the MoD and the number will be in the hundreds but precise details are classified," said an MoD spokesman.

"As with all personnel they will be expected to serve wherever necessary to do their jobs and this could be in the UK or in operational theatre," he added.
Cyber spies

Government networks receive around 20,000 malicious e-mails each month, around 1,000 of which are deliberately targeting them.

There has also been a flurry of attacks aimed atother sensitive targets in recent months.

Defence firm Lockheed Martin, which makes weapon systems that are sold around the world, was the latest to be hit.

During a cyber attack last week, the firm said it took counter measures "almost immediately" and stressed that none of its programmes had been compromised.

The Pentagon is now investigating the incident.

The UK's National Cyber Security Programme was announced as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October 2010.

It will see a number of government departments working with industry and universities in order to achieve the following:

    Reduce vulnerability to cyber espionage
    Improve ability to detect and defend against cyber attack
    Incorporate cyber into mainstream Defence concepts and doctrine
    Ensure the UK's critical infrastructure, vital government networks and service are resilient from attack.

The US is also taking a tougher line on cyber attacks and plans to issue detailed plans next month.

This week the Pentagon said that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, to which it may respond using traditional military force.

Security firm MacAfee recently found that eight out of 10 countries around the world had had critical networks targeted by hackers during 2010.

The Stuxnet worm has become the most high-profile piece of malware with the potential to harm key infrastructure.

Analysis of the malicious computer code suggests it was designed to take control of machinery in Iran's nuclear facilities.

Some have pointed the finger at the Israeli secret service as the source of the malware. Both Israel and the US have been highly critical of Iran's nuclear programme.

Source: bbc.co.uk

« Back
 
Publish your article with us for free
Home | About us | Contact Us | Advertising | Link to Us | Airport   Bookmark and Share Site by: Islandinfo & Maxuz Web Agency