Danish Minister of Defence, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, wants to test out a new form of cyber military service; a compulsory military service which focuses mainly on cyber warfare.
“We have seen how it has been possible to paralyse an infrastructure, that the Russians could paralyse the electricity supply, and we have experienced that it has been possible to paralyse the GPS system so navigation becomes difficult”, says Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen.
And that is not all, the army itself is feeling the effects of cyber warfare.“The Armed Forces are under daily attacks from foreign powers who want to enter into and spy in our systems,” the Minister explains.
After comprehending the possible consequences of poor cyber protection, or of none at all, the Minister will impose a new unit under the country's compulsory military service.
A new unit
It is expected that 30 people will participate in this new unit. A seemingly small number but, when compared to the total of 4208 men and women who serve in the compulsory military service, 30 people could be a good starting ground.
The reasoning behind his new type of compulsory military service is grounded on the fact that there are simply too few military personnel, with the right skill-sets, to carry out cyber warfare in the Ministry of Defense.
Details to how this new program will run, are not yet fully in place. The Minister expects that the new military education will require four months of basic military training and eight months of special training in cybersecurity and IT.
In order to secure a certain level of success with this new unit, the Minister clarifies that they only accept men and women with skills of a well-qualified level, into the program.
“It is obvious that you must be a skilled young person in this area. It's not an IT course”, the Minister emphasises.
Despite the program not yet being in place, the Minister is convinced that placement slots will be well sought after. And that the program will be here to stay, once it is up and running.
”Cyber-attacks, war on the web, hacking and opinion campaigns are unfortunately not going away. It has become the new normal, and the Armed Forces must be able to handle it”, says the Minister of Defence.
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