Defence Cyber School -‘One Year On’

National Cyber Security Centre Cyber Defence School

Since it’s opening in March 2018, the Defence Cyber School in Shrivenham has delivered over 4,000 days of training. 

  • Junior and Senior Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) have learned about practical networking
  • Senior NCOs and officers are taught cyber awareness
  • 1-star attend strategic level cyber awareness masterclasses. 
  • Civil service staff from the Ministry of Defence an other government department have also accessed training.  

The plan now is to triple capacity within 18 months, expanding out from the Defence Cyber School to other single service sites. At Shrivenham, the number of classrooms will double, more courses will be offered and network connectivity will increase to allow larger scale exercises with greater sophistication . 

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, said: “Since it opened, the Defence Cyber School has been an integral part of our commitment to make cyber a key capability for our Armed Forces.”

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 indicates that 43% of businesses (72% of large businesses) and 19% of charities reported a cyber breach in the last 12 months. The cost of cyber crime to the UK is currently estimated to be between £18 billion and £27 billion

The Head of the Defence Cyber School said: ”With the fast paced nature of cyber operations, courses are constantly under review and an invaluable part of this is the use of reservists and industry representatives who bring a different perspective and expertise to future training required to operate successfully in a digitally enabled world.”

“Further integration of both regular and reserve personnel remains a key objective at the school. While regular forces personnel use the school during the week, the weekends are taken up by members of all three reserve forces conducting their specialist cyber training.”

The 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy provided £1.9 billion of transformative investment in cyber, and now at it’s midway point it is deemed to have made real progress towards reaching its objectives by 2021, despite some areas not progressing as much as others, according to the National Cyber Security Centre Annual Review 2018.

The FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check 2018, published in March 2019, identified that the majority of businesses do not understand or put in place sufficient defence against cyber attacks, including attacks through their supply chain

The National Audit Office has also just published a report on the Progress of the 2016–2021 National Cyber Security Programme for the Cabinet Office. It explores progress against key themes, including the skills gaps in the field of cyber security and refers to key reference documents such as ‘Cyber Security Skills and the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure’ report published in July 2018 and the ‘Initial National Cyber Skills Strategy’ published in December 2018.

CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event. Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), it features world-class speakers, solutions and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors. Over 2,000 delegates from the cyber security community will descend on Glasgow on 24th and 25th April to be briefed on the evolving cyber threat and individuals and communities must respond to keep Britain safe in cyberspace and deliver a digital Britain that leads the world in cyber resilience.