By Chris Williams
12th November 2009
The UK's new cyberwarfare unit will be ready for action on 10 March,
according to the government.
The Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), located at GCHQ in
Cheltenham, will have an initial staff of 19, said Baroness Crawley.
CSOC will monitor the internet for threats to UK infrastrucutre and
counter-attack when necessary.
The staffing figure, released in response to a Parliamentary question,
puts paid to recent hyperbole suggesting the intelligence agencies were
recruiting a 50-strong "army" of teenage hackers.
CSOC was announced in June as the operational centrepiece of the UK's
first cybersecurity strategy. Funding for the unit hasn't been revealed,
but it will come from the GCHQ's budget, which stretches into hundreds
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