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A Joint Cyber Reserve

In May 2013 the Joint Forces Cyber Group stood up to deliver defence’s cyber capability and this includes the Joint Cyber Reserve.

The Joint Cyber Reserve provides support to the Joint Cyber Unit (Corsham), the Joint Cyber Unit (Cheltenham), and tri-service information assurance units.

We are seeking to recruit from three areas: regular personnel leaving the service; current and former reservists; and individuals with no previous military service.

The creation of the Joint Cyber Reserve makes an essential contribution to national security, selecting candidates based primarily on their existing technical knowledge, skills, experience and aptitude for posts in Joint Forces Cyber Group sub-units.

The Cyber Reserve is a Joint unit, offering individuals the opportunity to be part of the proud history and ethos of the Maritime Reserves, the Army Reserve or the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

How it will work

As well as employing reserves under current terms and conditions of service, the Cyber Reserve will be running a pilot scheme to evaluate innovative and inclusive approaches to recruiting, training, and employment. Selection into the pilot scheme will recognise the unique attributes and potential contribution of individuals who might otherwise not be attracted or able to serve in the Reserve forces.

Thus the primary requirements in applying to become a Cyber Reservist are that an individual must:

  • possess verifiable exceptional cyber skills (*)
  • be aged 18 or over
  • be a UK or Commonwealth Citizen
  • have lived in the UK for the last 5 years
  • be able to commit to the minimum annual training
  • be willing to undergo and pass a security clearance process
  • use spare time and weekends in order to support defence’s cyber security mission

All Joint Cyber reservists must commit to training for a minimum period each year of between 19-27 days, made up of:

  • a number of weekend duties spread throughout the year
  • a period of continuous training, not normally exceeding two weeks

Once confirmed in a post, a reservist is liable to be mobilised (“called up for duty”) for a period of full-time service if there is a requirement to support cyber operations for an extended period.

For reserves

Cyber security represents a ground breaking area. Serving in the Joint Cyber Reserve will be an exciting and interesting experience with every individual making a real difference.

The Cyber Reserve offers a challenge that you can get nowhere else.

You have the opportunity to learn new specialist skills, undertake career-enhancing training, gain security clearances and accreditation, and develop your existing skills and experience in a new and challenging environment.

Also, whilst most of the units are geographically fixed, some undertake mobile operations and thus offer the opportunity to carry out cyber-related tasks at a variety of locations.

For employers

Your staff will develop their professional knowledge and experience, but also have the opportunity to grow in terms of self-confidence, decision-making, communications skills, analytical skills and the ability to work in a demanding new environment.

(*) The types of skills we are looking for include the following:


  • computer literacy or core engineering competency
  • computer security principles, Information Security Standards, practices and procedures (e.g. ISO 27001)
  • Operating Systems: MS Windows, LINUX, UNIX, MAC OS
  • Windows server system administration (2003, 2008)
  • application development
  • database administration
  • forensics, e.g. Packet analysis etc.


  • network management tools
  • network Intrusion Detection principles
  • firewall configuration, maintenance and exploitation
  • wireless network
  • malware awareness, intrusion detection, awareness of exploitation of security holes and associated techniques, computer-based network attack scenarios
  • penetration testing
  • network service support
  • load balancing
  • OSI model, ITIL
  • ethernet, TCP/IP and routing protocols (RIP, BGP, OSPF and EIGRP)
  • CISCO routing and switching, with CCNA, preferably CCNP and even CISSP level knowledge
  • Microsoft certification (MCSE, MCP)
  • proxy server management.
  • network architecture and information administration
  • computer network security and vulnerability analysis
  • Virtual Private Networking.


  • programming and scripting languages (preferably perl, python and java)
  • recognition of C++ code constructs in assembly
  • administration on various operating systems and MS SQL

Desirable Qualifications - (this is not an exhaustive list)

  • relevant SANS or other commercial advanced cyber/IT courses (such as CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP).
  • cyber/IT/IS educational qualifications
  • CESG IA qualification
  • TIGR
  • certified as IA Auditor, SIRA Practitioner, senior penetration tester, Comsec practitioner, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, CHECK Team Member or an equivalent qualification
  • Certified Engineer
  • Senior Forensics Practitioner or equivalent qualification (qualified to use forensic tools such as Encase, FTK, XRY, Cellebrik, etc.)
  • CISM
  • Prince2, ITIL, APMP


  • WCIT, IET, BCS or other appropriate professional bodies

Further information

To register an interest in joining the Cyber Reserve or for more information, please contact the SO2 Recruiting, JCU(R) at:

If after three working days you have not received an acknowledgement confirming receipt of your expression of interest sent via the email link above, please contact HQ JCU(R) on 01452 712612 ext 5930.

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