Wiltshire

Corsham preferred location for new cyber security centre

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Image caption The government has chosen MOD Corsham as the preferred location for a new cyber security operations centre

A military site in Wiltshire has been chosen as the preferred location for a new cyber security operations centre by the government.

The £40m base is expected to be housed at MOD Corsham and staffed by experts utilising "state-of-the-art" methods.

The government is investing £1bn over five years to combat cyber attacks.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This new operations centre will ensure that our armed forces continue to operate securely.

"Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities."

North Wiltshire MP James Gray said the new centre being located at Corsham should "add to the improvement of the economy of the area".

He added that he is "proud" to see the area "making a useful contribution to the defence of the realm".

A timescale for commencement of the project has yet to be announced.

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