The U.K.’s Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey has announced the appointment of a “very senior military officer“ to spearhead the government“™s cybersecurity operations group.
Speaking in the House of Commons earlier this week, Harvey reiterated the government“™s focus on cybersecurity, detailed in its Strategic Defence and Security Review, published last year, eWeekEurope reported.
The minister said there has been “considerable” progress in cyber defenses, exemplified by the new global operations and security control center and commissioning of a a new monitoring system that will aid in detecting cyber attacks against U.K. defense systems.
Although Harvey did not name the “very senior military officer,“ speculations point to Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw, who currently serves as assistant chief of the defense staff for international security and policy.
Whoever the new cyber czar is will be responsible for transforming the unit“™s approach over the next four years and putting the £650 million earmarked by the government for cybersecurity to work, eWeekEurope said.