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Cyber Reserve Unit

An IT security and compliance company has commented on the news that the Ministry of Defence is to start recruiting former members of the UK’s armed forces to defend against cyber attacks.

Defence secretary, Philip Hammond, announced that former forces personnel and civilians with advanced computing skills will be recruited to form a “Joint Cyber Reserve Unit”. That unit will develop offensive and defensive capabilities to protect the UK’s cyber networks, which Hammond referred to as the “fifth domain” after land, sea, air and space.

In April, RandomStorm announced the appointment of former RAF Sergeant, Jim Seaman, a specialist in cyber security, defence in depth and information assurance: skills which were gained during his 23-year military career. Jim Seaman said: “Much of the communications technology that we take for granted today has its roots in military technology, including the internet, mobile and wireless comms and encryption. As a result, many people with a military background move on to careers in the high tech sector. It makes sense for the MoD to call on highly trained and skilled personnel once they have moved into civilian roles, as well as recruiting talented individuals whose computing skills and innovations can bolster our national defence force”.

Seaman maintains Continuous Professional Development (CPD), through active membership of ISACA , the ISACA Northern Charter, IISP and ASIS . He is an active participant on the ISACA Guidance & Practices Committee (GPC) and is ISACA Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

RandomStorm provides vulnerability scanning and intrusion detection services to help companies in the public, retail, hospitality, financial and utility sectors.


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