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Poland PM to set up new cybersecurity department

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Poland Prime Minister Beata Szydło recently announced that a new department of cybersecurity will be set up in her office.

Speaking at the launch of the third “Cybersec” European Cybersecurity Forum in Kraków, southern Poland, Szydlo said “I have decided to create a department, which is currently being set up at many offices of the EU’s prime ministers, whose task will be analyze, monitor, and serve as my network of experts.”

While acknowledging that cyber​​security is among the most important challenges for the modern world, Szydlo said “This is about the economy, security, it’s a question of stability, but also — I think we all realize — of peace”.

The head of the government also said that an expert team was needed in her chancellery in order to meet the challenges of the present day and to have a modern PM’s office.

Speaking at the Cybersec, Antoni Macierewicz, Polish defense minister, said “Poland is going to have a “cyber army” of at least 1,000 soldiers within several years capable of waging warfare in cyberspace”.

“We are aware of how much responsibility falls on Poland because of the key role it plays on NATO’s eastern flank”, he said.

In June this year, it was reported by Kosciuszko Institute that Poland may become a global leader in the cybersecurity sector.

In April this year, Juliusz Brzostek, Director of Poland’s National Cybersecurity Center, said “Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Poland is one of the most active teams in the world and has very experienced researchers.”

In March 2017, Poland’s digital affairs ministry released the draft cybersecurity strategy for the years 2017 to 2022 after concluding the phase of inter-ministerial consultation.

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