France to create a cyber-army

France to create a cyber-army

The French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced the establishment of a united army cyberstructure of 2,6 thousand people, which will be funded with 1 billion euro.

Similar initiatives have been realized or are being contemplated in countries such as the USA, Britain, China, Germany, Poland.

The new army division will be capable of fending off a cyber attack as well as initiating one, says the Minister, quoted by Le Monde.

The new French army division will be called Cybercom and will be formed in January 2017. Paris authorities plan to invest one billion euro in its creation, within their 2014 – 2019 military programme. Half the sum – 500 mln – will be invested in technology.

Plans include expanding the cyber division’s personnel to 4.4 thousand people until 2019. The commanding general of the united French cyber forces will be appointed in the near future.

The French military cyberstructure is created to mirror the US Cybercom. It will include all divisions of the French army dealing with information safety.

In November it was announced that Britain plans to spend 1.9 billion pounds ($2,32billion) for cyber safety over a 5-year period. This is twice the amount planned in their 2011 – 2016 National Information Safety Programme, reminds.

Last month, Poland’s defense minister Antoni Macierewicz announced that his country is going to prepare about 230 million euro for the creation and development of a cyber-army.

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