CND Support The British Armed Forces

CND Hosts 39 Signal Regiment 'The Skinners' for Public Q&A

CND had the privilege of hosting representatives from 39 Signal Regiment ‘The Skinners,' who took post at the entrance of the CND offices to answer questions about joining the reserve from the public and the other organisations in the building. 

39 (Skinners) Signal Regiment is an Army Reserve regiment in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army. The regiment forms part of 1 Signal Brigade, providing military communications for national operations. Army Reserve soldiers (Reservists) get involved in everything that the Regular Army does - from combat to peacekeeping and humanitarian work. They are given the opportunity to learn trade skills and can take advantage of the opportunities that Regular soldiers have too, including adventurous training.

As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you'll earn money for education, cash bonuses, discounted health care, build retirement, and more. All while you pursue your civilian career or continue your education.  If you’d like to know more here are some useful links:

Join The British Military Cyber Reserves

Please note: The following section is for your information only, it is not authorised nor condoned by the MOD, nor does it suggest an affiliation between the MOD and CND, other than our employment of reservists.

There are a number of Military Cyber Security reserve units across all three services; Royal Navy (Maritime Reserves), Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and the Army Reserve, as well joint service units, such as the Joint Cyber Unit (JCU).

Each of the units has its own specialisations and nuances to choose from, the hierarchy is as follows:

  • Joint Force Command (JFC)
  • Joint Forces Cyber Group (JFCyG)
  • Joint Cyber Reserve Force (CRF)
  • Joint Cyber Unit (JCU) - Corsham and Cheltenham
  • On a par with the JCU are the tri-Service Information Assurance units

For more information about joining the cyber Reserves, please follow the link below and remember to declare a preference for a particular unit, if you have one.

CND Support The PDSA

CND are proud recipients of the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award and we recognise that animals play a significant role in the Armed Forces.

The PDSA was established in 1917 and are the UK’s leading vet charity providing a free service for pets in need. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict. It is recognised worldwide as the animals’ Victoria Cross and acknowledges outstanding acts of bravery or devotion to duty displayed by animals serving with the Armed Forces or Civil Defence units in any theatre of war throughout the world.

One recipient in particular is very close to the hearts of those in CND - Theo, a Royal Army Veterinary Corps Arms and Explosive Search Dog who was awarded the Dickin Medal on 25th October 2012.  Theo and his handler, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, were one of the most successful Military Working Dog teams of the whole Afghanistan conflict. Over the course of five months, they made multiple discoveries, 14 in all, saving the lives of many comrades and civilians.  Both Theo and Liam gave their lives in the line of duty.

CND donates our old mobile phones to the PDSA, who then recycle them to generate funds. Should you wish to donate stamps, foreign coins or gadgets, follow the link below.

→ Donate Here!

Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG)

One of the tri-service information assurance units and the oldest UK cyber security reserve unit by far, is the Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG) which was formed in the last millennium.

Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG)
The LIAG is a unique specialist unit at the forefront of Britain's cyber capability, its cohort of Subject Matter Experts deploy worldwide to support commanders across the whole spectrum of military operations.

LIAG is an Army Reserve multi-cap-badged unit and currently has members who have served with the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and Army units, including the Royal Artillery, Military Intelligence, the Infantry, and the Royal Signals, as well as people who have no previous military experience. LIAG is a national unit drawing its members from throughout the UK and beyond.

If serving with LIAG appeals, then use the link below and state that LIAG is your preference, though this doesn't guarantee that you will be selected.

→ LIAG Wikipedia Page

→ Unofficial LIAG Arresepedia Page (Humorous) 

CND achieve the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award

In November 2017, we were one of four business to receive the Employer Recognition Scheme's silver award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset. We were delighted to receive the award in recognition of the demonstrable effort we make to support, recruit, and develop armed forces’ personnel.

This includes:

  • Our recruitment agency supplies its clients with cyber security experts of whom more than 40% have been veterans or personnel leaving the military.
  • We provide assistance to service leavers, reviewing and editing their CVs to ensure their military cyber security skills and experience are understood by civilians.
  • We actively employ staff who are leaving the military, over the last 15 years CND has taken on members of the forces who have been medically discharged, and the spouses of service personnel who are currently serving.

→ Armed Forces Covenant Page

→ Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

→ Defence Relationship Management (DRM)

CND are proud to sponsor the RAF's Securing The Skies Trophy

CND have a strong relationship with the Royal Air Force Police (RAFP) stretching back over 25 years. After leaving the RAF and setting up CND, Managing Director Andy Cuff recruited RAFP Senior NCOs to staff a number of our partner's Cyber Security Operations Centres. Whilst here at CND, we employ former members of the RAFP as experts in Counter-Intelligence and cyber security compliance.

A few years ago, when the RAFP announced that it would be making staff redundant, we took our entire recruitment team to a seminar at RAF Henlow to offer advice on preparing to leave the RAF and entering the civvy street.

In 2015, in recognition of our longstanding support, the Provost Marshal of the Royal Air Force approached us to request our sponsorship of the Securing The Skies Trophy. This would be awarded to the RAFP NCO who had made the most significant contribution to Protective Security during the course of the previous year, including cyber and Information Assurance

The award is presented annually by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) Master at a formal ceremony in London. We would like to offer a massive congratulations to the winners of this award:

2016 Winner:  Cpl Gareth Thomas

2017 Winner:  Cpl Robert Alexander

2018 Winner: Cpl Mollie S

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