Poland unveils details of plan for new cyber defence force
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s defence minister on Tuesday divulged details of a plan to create a new cyber defence force for the country to counter hi-tech security threats.
Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak speaks at the Cyber.mil.pl conference in Warsaw on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
Speaking at a conference in Warsaw, Mariusz Błaszczak said the new force would be established on the basis of two government-run institutions, the National Centre of Cryptology and the military Inspectorate of Information Technology.
Błaszczak named Col. Karol Molenda, a cyber security expert who previously worked for Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service, as the man in charge of getting the new force up and running.
Błaszczak told the Cyber.mil.pl conference that the Polish government’s “cyber plan” was in line with the security guidelines of NATO of which Poland is part.
"We stand in solidarity with our allies ... and security is one of our priorities," Błaszczak said, as quoted by Poland's PAP news agency.
Błaszczak in December said that cyber security was one of the biggest challenges of the modern world. He was also quoted as saying that the new Polish cyber defence units would work to prevent and counter potential cyber attacks targeting the country.
He also said at the time that the initiative to create the new Polish force was a response to a growing cyber security threat and followed decisions made by NATO leaders at a summit in 2015.
Poland’s prime minister last month urged allies to increase spending on cyber security.