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National Cyber Deception Laboratory

Image: Defence Cyber School and Cranfield University launch National Cyber Deception Laboratory. Photo: courtesy of Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

The Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham has joined forces with the Cranfield University to launch the National Cyber Deception Laboratory (NCDL).

The lab is being developed by the duo to be a national focal point for cyber deception. It is expected to help the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) improve the defence of its networks in cyberspace.

The National Cyber Deception Laboratory has a goal to bring together practitioners and researchers across government, industry, and academia to enable research and offer guidance in the context of national security.

The lab will look to come up with innovative and novel approaches to help in the development of cyber deception capabilities by linking individuals and organisations in multiple sectors.

MoD C4ISR Head and Cyber Jt User Air Commodore Tim Neal Hopes said: “We live in a period of constant contest. A period where the UK is attacked through cyberspace on a daily basis.

“Defence, if it is to maintain operational effectiveness, must therefore defend its information, networks and cyber-dependent capabilities, against these perpetual attacks.”

According to Cranfield University, cyber deception is expected to be one of the most important growth areas in cybersecurity in the coming years.

The university said that the evolution of the field within the UK military will help network defenders adopt a proactive approach. This could be by using military deception tradecraft to guard against and manipulate the activities of attackers operating within their networks in an efficient manner.

One of the approaches could involve confusing the enemy into taking steps that could expose their identity or destroying their attacks, said Cranfield University.

National Cyber Deception Laboratory director Darren Lawrence said: “Military networks need a full spectrum military defence – existing civilian security approaches are simply not up to this task.

“Deception is all about creating errors in how our adversaries make sense of their world. It is about getting them to act in ways that suit our purposes, not theirs.

“We are delighted to be working with the Defence Cyber School on this initiative. Researching ways to shape attacker behaviour and deny them the freedom to operate within our networks will enable military cyber defence to move on to a more aggressive footing and deter future attacks.”

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