Cyber Reserves steps up to join fight against evolving threats

The Ministry of Defence’s hunt for gamers and amateur coders to become cyber reserves has led to a massive increase in applications, creating an elite force of specialists ready to support operations using their unique cyber skills.

Speaking at a reception for Reservists in the House of Commons, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson praised the role of reservists and called for more specialists such as engineers, chefs, media operations and electricians to step up and join the UK Armed Forces as reservists.

The men and women of the UK’s reserve forces give up their free time training to work alongside regular troops around the world. From telecoms workers and police officers to students they serve when called upon in a huge variety of roles such as dog handlers, logistics movers, intelligence officers and medics.

Mr Williamson said: “Reservists play a vital role in our Armed Forces, bringing a huge range of experiences and skills to the defence of our country.

As the threats we face intensify we need to attract the brightest and the best from all walks of life as part of a modern military.”

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