Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Liberal Democrats on Cyber Defence

As we transform our Armed Forces to face future threats, it is vital that we protect our networks from cyber espionage or attack. The Joint Cyber Reserve Unit will ensure we can draw on the latest specialist expertise from industry and civilian life.

We are using a flexible approach to recruitment for the cyber reserves, with more flexible eligibility criteria in relation to age, medical and fitness in order to attract the most skilled and talented personnel.

When addressing the issue of criminal convictions, all applications to the Armed Forces, whether they are regular or reserve forces, are looked at on an individual basis and decisions are made on the type of conviction and the sentence imposed. They would still be required to go through the security and vetting process as well as other selection criteria related to their suitability.