From now on, Germany will have a new type of armed forces - the cyber army. The Cyber and Information Space Command started its work in Bonn, Germany and is supposed to ensure the security of Germany's crucial infrastructure.
The new army unit is expected to take over the army's cybersecurity capabilities. The staff now includes about 260 people, but by summer 2017 it expected to recruit 13,500 servicemen.
The initiative to create the "military force" came amid a rise in cyberattacks on Bundeswehr networks since the start of this year. In the first nine weeks, the ministry detected over 280,000 attempts to breach its cyber defenses.
At the same time, political observer Mikhail Scheinkmann perceives the new initiative rather with humor.
"Where the infantry or an armored train can't pass, a cyber-soldier will do his work and stay safe. The Bundeswehr seems to have comprehended the science of winning. Or, rather, military experts seem to believe it as they have been insisting that all of Germany's combat potential is in some virtual dimension. So, there you go: the Ministry of Defense made a decision and took action," Scheinkmann wrote with sarcasm.