In his first speech as the new MI6 boss, Richard Moore has made it very clear that they need to work with innovative technology companies to help protect the UK in the future. He spoke at The International Institute for Strategic Studies today.
“I cannot stress enough what a sea change this is in MI6’s culture, ethos and way of working, since we have traditionally relied primarily on our own capabilities to develop the world-class technologies we need to stay secret and deliver against our mission”.Guardian
He emphasised how we are living through times where adversaries are feeling emboldened and have greater than-ever resources. He said how our world is being transformed by digital connectivity, increases in data and computer power.
He said he is paid to look at the threats and he said that the cyber attacks are growing exponentially.
His mission as Chief is to oversee the modernisation of MI6 and investing in the skills that they need in the digital age and partner with the right people and companies to help them stay ahead of our adversaries.
What we do here at SOS Intelligence, Dark Web Threat Intelligence plays a small, but important role in enabling companies and organisations to monitor what is happening on the Dark Web.
Focus on cyber threats
MI6’s focus on cyber threats is nothing new. They explicitly list this on their website:
The world increasingly interacts digitally through cyber space. Alongside the many benefits, it leaves individuals, organisations and governments open to cyber risks. These include the possibility of hostile cyber intrusions or attacks against the UK and the UK’s interests. The National Security Strategy identifies this as one of the four main areas of security risk to the UK.
Working as part of a cross-government effort, including GCHQ and it’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), MI5 and law enforcement, SIS provides secret intelligence to help protect the UK from current and future cyber threats. These can come from a range of cyber actors, such as malign states, terrorists and/or criminals.MI6