Air cadets get an exclusive tour inside the Global Operations Security Control Centre.
Lucky cadets were invited to take part in the trip with the hope it would inspire the cadets to pursue a cyber career in defence - either in military or civilian roles.
Inside cadets were treated to an overview of how the MOD is structured, with a focus on ISS and what they do.
The Global Operations Security Control Centre (GOSCC) is based in Corsham and is the central communications hub for the British military.
From the GOSCC, global operations utilising more than ¾ of a million configurable IT assets are monitored and managed in real-time which includes fixed locations worldwide as well as the dynamically re-configured and mobile asset in operational theatres.
The GOSCC is manned to provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year watch-keeping responsibility to ‘Operate and Defend’ the MOD networks.”
The small group of cadets even had the experience of being briefed by Air Vice Marshal Chris Moore, the Head of Operate & Defend (one of the 4 ‘pillars’ in ISS) where he explained the importance of cyber defence and answer any questions they had. He even complimented the cadets in his weekly blog for their current knowledge of cyber.
Air Vice Marshal Chris Moore said: “Cyber is important to how Defence does its business, not just the RAF.
“Scale of what we’re looking after is 200k office account, 4m devices, 5m official emails per day, 6,000 major incidents a month.
“I’m a big fan of the cyber apprenticeship scheme.”
Cadet Cogley from 2442 (Westbury-on-Trym) said: “The trip to Corsham was really inspiring and I learnt a lot from it, especially about what I hope to do for my future career”.
The RAF Air Cadets have a progressive syllabus for cyber training in which cadets can attain up to a Gold level award. Cadets attending the gold camp at RAF Cosford which covers topics such as online security, ethical hacking, preventing cyber attacks from malicious technology and more.
More information about learning how to start a civilian or military career in cyber can be found below:
MOD Information Apprenticeships https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-information-apprenticeships
RAF Cyberspace Communication Specialist https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/roles/roles-finder/technical-and-engineering/cyberspace-communication-specialist