Hundreds of staff being recruited by MI6 in response to digital technology

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Hundreds of staff being recruited by MI6 in response to digital technology

Globally, intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on internet and social media rather than the running of agents. The fast pace of change within the digital tech world has caused a shift in the requirements of staff within MI6, the UK’s overseas intelligence agency.  Hundreds more staff are being recruited as  reliance increases upon the internet, social media and changes such as facial recognition; rather than the running of agents as in the past.

MI6 currently employs 2,500 people at present, dealing with intelligence-gathering and operations abroad, while MI5 is responsible for security within the UK.

One fear is that easier access to information, tracking and cross-checking could also be used against MI6 operatives.

The head of MI6, Alex Younger, said last week, “The information revolution fundamentally changes our operating environment. In five years’ time there will be two sorts of intelligence services: those that understand this fact and have prospered, and those that don’t and haven’t. And I’m determined that MI6 will be in the former category.

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