MoD drills down soldiers with cyber skills

MoD drills down soldiers with cyber skills

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has developed a scheme revolving around aptitude tests, designed to find personnel in the armed forces who show natural talents in cyber security.

IBM helped to develop the Defence Cyber Aptitude Test (DCAT), which the MoD hopes will find talent in those with no previous technical knowledge.

The test, which is comprised of cognitive challenges, will be looking for undiscovered talent to work in areas such as system protection. The MoD is rolling out the scheme throughout the armed forces. It will be tested on those who have had limited service careers and technical training.

The MoD project leader for DCAT, Major Harry Porteous, stated that the aptitude test is essential in ensuring that Britain has the personnel required to defend the country against cyber criminals. He said:

“It is a useful tool for service career and branch managers to help identify individuals with a natural talent and the right skills to succeed at the cutting edge of defence cyber operations.”

DCAT is one of a number of MoD schemes designed to improve cyber defence capabilities. The department organised a cyber-crime event last year on the deep web, in order to develop technology that could enhance national security.

Cyber defence is clearly important to the MoD, but it is also crucial in the world of business. In an age of information, where so much customer data is held online, one data breach could destroy a business’s reputation in the eyes of the customer. Offering cyber security jobs to those with the right skills is therefore imperative.

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