UK plans 'Cyber Reserve' defence force

The UK government will set up a "Cyber Reserve" force to deal with security threats posed by online crime, reports the BBC.

The scheme, details of which will be unveiled next year, will be run by the Ministry of Defence and allowed the armed forces to "draw wider talent and skills of the nation in the cyber field".

The system will be derived to combat the increasing incidents of cyber-attacks by criminals on the UK's computer systems.

According to a written statement, Minister Francis Maude revealed that 93 per cent of large corporations and 76 per cent of small businesses had reported a cyber breach in the past year, which is significant considering that the UK's online commerce is estimated to be worth £82 billion a year.

"Government departments and agencies are working with professional and representative bodies to ensure the consideration of cyber security becomes an integral part of corporate governance and risk-management processes," said Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude.

He went on to say that the government was looking to "move towards the establishment of a UK National CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)", to act as a "focus point for international sharing of technical information" and promised to make the UK "one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyber space".

"The exact composition is currently in development and a detailed announcement will follow in 2013," he added.

Last month, it was announced that the UK will invest £2 million to set up a "centre of excellence" that will dish out advice to other countries needing to beef up their cyber security research and practices, Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace.