National Cyber Force

National Cyber Force (NCF) is a UK national cyber force currently being set up, dedicated to offensive action to combat security threats, hostile states, terror groups, extremism, hackers, disinformation and election interference.[1][2] The specialist unit is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and GCHQ, the British intelligence agency,[3][4] due to launch in spring 2020.[1]

Around £76m will be invested in the NCF in its first year.[2] It will operate alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which primarily concentrates on defensive cyber activities to protect government departments, strategic infrastructure and industry.[2]

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Plans for the unit were reported in the media in September 2018.[5][6][7][8] It has since been reported to have been delayed because of "distractions caused by uncertainties over Brexit and frequent changes of ministers and secretaries of state in the MoD"[2] and turf wars between the MOD and GCHQ.[1]

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  3. ^ Kerbaj, Richard. "Female spy to net terrorists as head of 'cyber‑SAS'". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 27 February 2020 – via www.thetimes.co.uk. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ "UK To Develop 2,000-Strong Offensive Cyber Force". British Forces Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 27 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat". Sky News. Retrieved 27 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)