According to a former senior officer, a probable nation-state attack on the UK’s primary defense training facility last year compelled the academy to replace its IT infrastructure. Air Marshal Edward Stringer recently retired as the director-general of joint force development and the UK Defence Academy.
Every year, the academy teaches roughly 30,000 UK armed forces personnel, as well as civil officials and military personnel from foreign countries. However, it was caught off guard by a cyber-attack in March of last year, which had “significant” operational ramifications, according to Stringer.
IT team had to find backup ways to use regular internet, etc, to keep the courses running, which they did – but not as smoothly as before, to be fair, added Stringer.