Poland's cybersecurity centre fends off 20,000 attacks - MoD

Poland's National Centre for Cyberspace Security (NCBC) foiled over 20,000 attacks by hackers in the first quarter of 2020 Charles Deluvio/Unsplash

Poland's National Centre for Cyberspace Security (NCBC) foiled over 20,000 attacks by hackers in the first quarter of 2020, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said at a Friday ceremony during which a military standard was bestowed upon the centre.

"The NCBC has been operating for a year and has achieved a number of successes in that time, including NCBC soldiers and employees fending off more than 20,000 hacker attacks in the first quarter of this year alone and over 100 disinformation campaigns against which the Centre intervened," the defence minister said.

Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said he approved the creation of an Expert Cybersecurity Training Centre, a training unit that will support the Defence Ministry in cybersecurity, cryptology and IT techniques.mon.gov.pl

The minister also handed certificates to secondary schools that will set up IT specialisations, including those in cybersecurity under the ministry's cyber.mil.pl programme. The Defence Ministry will provide financial support, as well as teaching aids to the schools.

Blaszczak also placed his signature under the concept of creating an Expert Cybersecurity Training Centre, a training unit that will support the Defence Ministry in the area of cybersecurity, cryptology and IT techniques. The other centre is to cooperate with similar units within NATO.