Government to build new £40m cybersecurity centre in Wiltshire

The centre will host security experts as they work to utilise defensive tactics

The government has announced it will open a new 40 million cybersecurity operations centre (CSOC) at a military site in Wiltshire, after pledging to invest 1.9 billion into security over five years.

The move is part of a larger effort from the government to develop and utilise 'state-of-the-art' defensive cybersecurity tactics, improving the UK's ability to protect against threats to defense networks and systems and develop sovereign capabilities in cyber space.

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Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: "Britain is a world leader in cybersecurity but with growing threats this new operations centre will ensure that our armed forces continue to operate securely. Our increasing defense budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities."

The CSOC initiative will seek to share MOD Corsham challenges across government departments, 'allies' and industry, which will help to strengthen cybersecurity across the board.

The centre was first announced alongside plans for wider cybersecurity investment, set up to fight against the increasing scale of fraud and cybercrime in the UK.

When announcing plans, Home Secretary Theresa May said: "Fraud and cybercrime, to name but two, are as preventable as car crime and burglary if we understand the problem, work together and use our collective ingenuity to beat the criminals."

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A 250,000 scheme to support cybersecurity start-ups was also launched earlier this year and aimed to support new companies working in the space, drive innovation and find new ideas and products.

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