The UK and US are to embark on a joint military operation to help combat the cyber threats facing both countries.
The Ministry of Defense announced this week that Britain’s Strategic Command – which oversees assets and operations that cut across the three armed forces and their domains – will participate in the operation. The organization will provide technology specialists from the MoD’s Defense Digital unit who will join their counterparts from the dedicated Cyber Command in the United States, as well as “other partners”, the government said.
The operation will be a “collaborative exercise that will identify threats that may affect participants’ internal systems”, he added.
Knowledge gained during the operation will be shared with all participants to support the overall goal of increasing “interoperability and building cyber resilience” and “unifying our response to malicious cyber activity” .
The Ministry of Defense indicated that the collaboration is launched in the context of an “increased digitization [which] brings unprecedented complexity, instability and risk, making global partnerships key to our security and economic prosperity.”
Rear Admiral Nick Washer, Director of Operations at Defense Digital, said: “Cyber does not recognize geographical boundaries. Our relationships with our partners provide tremendous co-benefits; operations like this with US Cyber Command put our expertise to use and improve our collective defense.
US Navy Rear Admiral Matthew Paradise, Deputy Director, J-3 Operations, US Cyber Command, added, “Cyberspace defensive operations help CyberCom fulfill its responsibilities by enabling and enhancing the assurance of the mission of the joint force, as well as of our allies and partners. , maintaining reliable and defensible networks.