The Polish Defence Ministry has approved the establishment of a cyberspace defence force by 2024 made up of around 2,000 soldiers qualified in cybersecurity, AFP reported on Thursday, September 12th.
Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, speaking to local media at a military cyber training centre in Zegrze, near the capital Warsaw, said they are all “well aware that in today's world it's possible to influence the situation in states by using these methods (cyberwar),” adding that the force's command unit would begin operation in 2022.
He ensured that Poland, a member a NATO, would have enough IT graduates by 2024 to provide the force with 2,000 personnel qualified in cyber defence.
Poland's defence ministry is already looking for talent by partnering with the HackYeah hackathon to offer a total of 30,000 zlotys (6,900 euros, $7,650) in cash prizes for top hackers, according to a post on the ministry's website.
The two-day hackathon, billed as the biggest event of its kind in Europe, takes place on Saturday and Sunday near Warsaw.
According to NATO, they will predominately continue to adapt to the evolving cyber threat landscape, citing that both them and allies rely on strong and resilient cyber defences to fulfil the alliance’s core tasks of collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security, highlighting that the alliance needs to be prepared to defend its networks and operations against the growing sophistication of the cyber threats and attacks it faces.