16 July 2012
Cyber Security is a Home Office, Foreign Office, SIS/Secret Service/MI5/MI6 responsibility, not the MOD. The nearest part of the Venn diagram is CESG/GCHQ. There's no point speculating on how advanced UK capabilities are, we won't know for 30-70 years when the documents are released.
AlMiles - Bristol, UK
16 July 2012
How much call is there for "cyber skills" when fighting the type of opponent this country is actually capable of taking on militarily - Afghan insurgents, Somali pirates or the ramshackle armed forces of African states? As the answer is "precious little", why does the role need to be performed by people in uniform at all (to justify the existence of some posts for senior officers, knowing the Services)?
And what an inspirational call for volunteers: "We want you because we wouldn't need to spend a lot of time and money training you". Disrupt your career and your family; potentially, put your life at risk but you needn't expect any commitment from your Government in return. It just sees you as a cheap pair of hands.
Stan - York
18 July 2012
How much call is there for "cyber skills" when fighting the type of opponent this country is actually capable of taking on militarily - Afghan insurgents, Somali pirates or the ramshackle armed forces of African states?
Rather harsh Stan! I think Challenger II, Apache, Type45, Typhoon, GR4, Sentinel, TLAM, SSN's to name just a few examples can take on a bit more than Afghan insurgents and pirates.
That is not even mentioning the professionalism of our personnel.
The problem is lack of numbers, so apart from maybe Argentina one can not envisage a state on state war which the UK would be involved in without being part of a coalition, US led.
But that is not to say it will never happen. Which is why I oppose all the cuts as we need more numbers as well as quality.
I could also turn your comment round and ask how many countries could take on the UK militarily??
I personally have no problem with the services doing their bit on cyber if the threats are as serious as are claimed.
Daniele Mandelli - Guildford
28 July 2012
As a Natwest customer, recalling the recent IT fiasco they suffered, I have serious doubts about the IT skillset in UK banks. Not only that, but banks seem to have off-shored their IT support, meaning the IT professionals are not available for recruitment.
AlMiles - last I heard, MoD had an active and growing cyber security unit.
muddler - UK