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Army puts regiment on watch in cyber war

With GCHQ and plans for the new Cyber Park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is already at the heart of the UK's cyber war.

And now we have the Army on our side, with the first dedicated cyber regiment, designed to protect frontline operations from digital attack, as reported by Forces Net.

The 13th Signal Regiment, which started work last week, is the Armed Forces' first dedicated cyber regiment, aimed at protecting defence networks in the UK and overseas.

With cyber attacks every bit as deadly as those on the battlefield, the launch is part of the Ministry of Defence's modernisation efforts to combat future threats.

One of the ways 13th Signal Regiment will provide protection for personnel operating overseas will be to provide secure communications, allowing commanders and soldiers the ability to operate securely. It will work with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force to provide secure networks to be used for all military communications.

A group of 250 specialist service personnel with high-end technical skills form 13th Signal Regiment, bringing together cyber capabilities from across the Army.

During the Second World War, 13th Signal Regiment helped to pioneer the use of high-frequency radios and wireless technology. It operated throughout the Cold War in Berlin, until it was disbanded in 1994. Now it is back and focused on 21st century technology.

Punchline said: "Here in Gloucestershire, we are at the heart of the UK's cyber security industry. This new regiment goes to show how important cyber security is to the safety and security of our country and our dedicated servicemen and women."

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