The US Air Force will launch a basic cybertraining programme for new recruits and advanced training for officers to combat the growing threat of attacks on US computer networks.

The basic training will include a cyberwarfare component covering the fundamental precautions such as using firewalls and passwords, according to the Associated Press.

The advanced undergraduate-level training programme to begin in June, will train officers and enlisted personnel in cyber operations and will be followed by more specific training.

The first class will be taught skills for communications operators, and additional skills relating to computer networks and vulnerabilities.

Once training is complete, they will be assigned jobs at the 24th Air Force based in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, part of the Space Command responsible for cyberwarfare and air force computer networks.

The air force will need to train about 400 officers a year in cyberwarfare skills.