Cyber-warfare leadership job for GCHQ spy
ONE of GCHQ’S top officers has been chosen to lead the Government’s new cyber-warfare agency, according to reports.
The super spy, who worked her way through the ranks at the Benhall HQ, will target terrorist networks and criminals who operate online, the Sunday Times reports.
For security reasons she can’t be named but it is understood she is in her 40s and is an Oxbridge graduate. The National Cyber Force is a joint project between GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence. A Whitehall official told the Sunday Times the new agency’s leader was “not only the best woman cyber-spy in Britain, but the best offensive cyber-spy this country has.”
The new agency will have an initial budget of £250m and 3,000 staff over the next ten years. It will expand the Benhall spy base’s current work but it is not known if it will stay in the county.