Boris to open new national headquarters in North as part of Red Wall investment

Russia: Expert issues warning over cyber security threats to UK

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The announcement has come as a review into Britain’s security has recommended “a full spectrum approach” to ensure the UK can keep its people, businesses and institutions safe from persistent attacks from foreign enemies. The new HQ will create thousands of jobs at a time when the government is looking at bringing new investment into the former Red Wall seats in the north of England which the Conservatives won from Labour in 2019. The Prime Minister said: “Cyber power is revolutionising the way we live our lives and fight our wars, just as air power did 100 years ago. We need to build up our cyber capability so we can grasp the opportunities it presents while ensuring those who seek to use its powers to attack us and our way of life are thwarted at every turn.

“Our new, full-spectrum approach to cyber will transform our ability to protect our people, promote our interests around the world and make the lives of British people better every day.”

The National Cyber Force is aimed at transforming the UK’s ability to conduct targeted offensive cyber operations to impose real-world costs on our adversaries with dozens of attempts to hack into British data systems coming from Russia and China in particular.

The UK’s ability to detect, disrupt and deter our adversaries while taking advantage of the revolution in the use of smart and cyber technology will be dramatically enhanced by commitments in the Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, to be published this week.

The review will set out the importance of cyber technology to our way of life – whether its defeating our enemies on the battlefield, making the internet a safer place or developing cutting-edge tech to improve people’s lives.

In recent years Britain’s adversaries have invested in their own capabilities and are constantly finding new ways to exploit our weaknesses and gain advantage in cyberspace. To cement our competitive edge and keep ahead of our enemies a full spectrum approach is therefore needed.

The Prime Minister will announce this week that the home of the new National Cyber Force and the nexus of this strategy will be in the North of England, establishing a ‘cyber corridor’ across the region.  

Manchester is already home to a GCHQ office and is Europe’s fastest growing major tech cluster, with more than 15 per cent of Manchester’s population employed by the digital, creative and technology sector.

Opening the HQ of the NCF in the North of England will drive growth in the tech, digital and defence sectors outside of London and help create new partnerships between government, the sector and universities in the region, placing it in the international centre of cutting-edge developments to keep our people safe.

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