Territorial Army plans to recruit IT security pros

The Territorial Army (TA) is actively recruiting for IT security specialists as part of a live TV recruitment campaign from the front.

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The Territorial Army (TA) is actively recruiting for IT security specialists as part of a live TV recruitment campaign from the front.

The TA LIVE recruitment drive aims to demonstrate the opportunities available in the TA, and raise awareness of the Army’s current recruitment targets.

"As the Army adapts to a new size and structure, there are more opportunities than ever and the TA is actively looking to recruit information assurance professionals who want to practice in another environment," said the TA.

The TA said the MoD is investing heavily in its cyber capability and a key strand of that capability is the pool of cyber operations officers holding commissions in the Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG).

LIAG is a Territorial Army (TA) unit formed in 1999 that recruits experienced IT security professionals into the Royal Signals, in the same manner that doctors, surgeons, lawyers and members of the cloth are recruited and commissioned into the TA.

The TA said IT security pros hired would be involved in "supporting traditional military operations with coordinated cyber operations in a new era of war fighting". This would include attacking the computer systems used by the enemy, as well as defending the systems used by the British Army.

LIAG forms part of the Specialist Group Royal Signals (SGRS) and provides information assurance expertise to Army, RAF and navy units at various locations in the UK, and in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Germany, the US, Canada, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Ascension and the Falkland Islands and Brunei.

As a specialist unit the minimum commitment for LIAG is generally 19 days training per annum.

Major general Ranald Munro, deputy commander for land forces (reserves), said: “There has never been an advertising campaign like this. TA LIVE is an incredibly exciting opportunity to bring the TA to life and show just what a TA soldier does on the ground."

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