UK defense cyber skills to be boosted through industrial partnership

  • Defense personnel must be qualified to deal with cyber threats
  • Industry Collaboration to Increase UK Cyber ​​Resilience
  • The work follows praise from the National Audit Office for the department’s approach to conflict digitization

The Department of Defense will work with Immersive Labs, an industry leader in cyber resilience, to support the department’s new Digital Skills for Defense program to build digital skills, and follows a successful trial of the British army.

Tested against industry benchmarks, the collaboration will see the engagement of Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Strategic Command and Civil Service personnel, with access to 1,800 simulations realistic and hands-on cybersecurity labs to assess individuals and teams in decision-making against the latest threats.

As noted in the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report on the MOD’s digital strategy, the Department is demonstrating good practice in addressing the challenge of the rapid digitization of modern conflict, affecting the work of Defense and how the armed forces operate on the battlefield.

Defense Procurement Minister Alex Chalk said:

The NAO has rightly emphasized our goal of staying at the forefront of digital capability, which is crucial as the shape of the modern battlefield continues to change at unprecedented speed.

Using the best technology and the brightest minds in the industry will only serve to bolster the ranks of the UK’s protection-focused cyber experts.

Harnessing digital capabilities and data is essential to our success in modern military operations and to the proper functioning of Defence. Building on feedback from the NAO report, the department is working to build a workforce with the digital skills it needs to drive digital transformation in defence.

The report recognizes the positive progress the department has made in bringing together and aligning these digital practitioners across Defense. However, with a shortage of local talent and a highly competitive market in both the public and private sectors, working with Immersive Labs will also help identify cybersecurity talent to fill vacancies and bolster the ranks of UK cyber experts.

Director of Functional Integration, Claire Fry said:

The Digital Skills for Defense program is crucial in our drive to provide the right digital skills and capabilities across Defense to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the ever-faster pace of technological change.

Immersive Labs is one of many organizations we work with to provide training that will improve the skills of our workforce. This will allow us to uphold our One Defense Mindset and create an environment in which our digital skills can flourish in a unified, connected and digitally integrated way.

The MOD has established the Digital Skills for Defense program to provide essential digital skills to defense leaders, digital professionals and the entire military and civilian workforce. The program is fundamental to creating and maintaining operational and business advantage. MOD’s ambition goes beyond education, seeking to transform itself into a culture of learning where teams work collaboratively across the organization.

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