The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) marked a new military affiliation - with the Joint Forces Cyber Group, part of the Joint Forces Command - at the 97th WCIT Business Lunch on Wednesday 20th September 2017.
WCIT Master Chris Histed made a presentation on board HQS Wellington at the lunch to Lieutenant Colonel David Orr Royal Signals, the Operations Chief of Staff of Joint Forces Cyber Group, and shook hands on the affiliation.
Histed said: “Through our affiliation we will foster a community of interest in which members of JFCyG can interact with professional counterparts within our WCIT community. The affiliation will provide forums to broaden and enrich the professional outlook of members of both parties, and will evolve, through dialogue, to strengthen the personal and professional bonds among a community engaged in the dynamic arena of cyber activities.”
The Joint Forces Cyber Group (JFCyG) was established in 2013 to drive and deliver unity of effort across Defence through integration and delivery of cyber plans and operations globally. A tri-Service organisation, JFCyG is part of the Joint Forces Command and works with the Ministry Defence and Other Government Departments to operate efficiently and effectively in cyberspace. Additionally, the group manages the Cyber Reserve Force to bring relevant expertise forward in support of Defence outputs. The Group’s planners, operators and analysts deliver cyber operations and support wide-ranging capability development programmes and business change work streams.
WCIT is also affiliated with the Royal Corps of Signals, 46F (Kensington) Squadron Air Training Corps; plus Beckenham & Penge Sea Cadets.
The speaker at the 97th Business lunch was Sir Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing. Sir Dermot talked about Artificial Intelligence, cybernetics, robotics and the story of what Alan Turing did after World War Two leading to significant developments for computer science.