Every modern state should not only protect its real borders. To ensure security, you need to think about creating a defense in cyberspace, since most of the data (including secret data to defend the country) is in digital form. As a result, more and more countries are turning their attention to this area and creating a "cyber military". One of these countries is Poland, whose Ministry of Defense intends to set up a specialized army unit to protect cyberspace by 2024.
It should be remembered that Poland is a state of NATO. And many members of the North Atlantic Alliance already have similar troop types. It is therefore to be believed that the plan to deploy cybersecurity forces in such a short time from scratch, thanks to the support of the Allies is quite feasible.
What will be the Polish cybersecurity forces?
As the head of the Polish Ministry of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, said in an interview with the local media a few days ago, in the first phase the new structural military unit will comprise about two thousand people, which is quite a lot for the new unit.
We are aware that in the modern world you can easily influence the situation in any country with the help of cyberspace. In addition, this influence can be both positive and negative. We specifically aim to protect our state from external threats, not attacks from other countries. – stressed Mr Blaschak.
The command of the new unit will come into force in 2022 and after two years the unit will be fully equipped. But where does not the most technologically advanced country make people form a new entity? First, according to the head of the military division, Poland will have a sufficient number of IT graduates by 2024 to ensure the influx of qualified cybersecurity specialists.
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Second, the Polish Ministry of Defense, in collaboration with the organizers of the HackYeah event, which brings together hackers and cybersecurity teams from around the world, is already looking for talent. The next HackYeah event will take place from 14 to 15 September. The Ministry of Defense plans to launch a contest (details have not yet been announced) to select the best hackers and IT specialists. As a result of this event, the Best of the Best will receive a seat in the cyber military and a cash prize of 30,000 zlotys (this is about 6,900 euros or 7,650 US dollars). By the way, there is certainly on your gadgets an application that provides privacy in communication – telegram. There is also our channel, which we recommend that you subscribe.
Further details on the new branch of the Polish Armed Forces are currently not available. In particular, it is unclear whether the cyber army will be an independent branch of the country's armed forces or part of the existing branch of the armed forces. It is also not clear which part of the budget can be used to finance the defense capability of the state for the protection of cyberspace.