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U.K. military personnel examine incoming cyber information.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence's new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit will have reservists who are computer experts working alongside regular military personnel to protect computer networks and safeguard data.

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The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to recruit hundreds of reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces as part of the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit, which aims to protect computer networks and safeguard data.

The creation of the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit will enable MoD to draw on individuals' talent, skills, and expertise gained from their civilian experience to meet cyberthreats, according to a Ministry of Defence statement. "We will build in Britain a cyberstrike capability so we can strike back in cyberspace against enemies who attack us, putting cyber alongside land, sea, air, and space as a mainstream military activity," says MoD's Philip Hammond. "Our commanders can use cyberweapons alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts."

MoD says that starting next month it will target current and former reservists, as well as civilians that have the necessary skills and expertise. "People think of military as land, sea, and air," Hammond says. "We long ago recognized a fourth domain--space. Now there's a fifth--cyber."

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