Cy­ber-war­fare lead­er­ship job for GCHQ spy

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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