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Cybereenheid of Defence next year to be operational

Cybereenheid of Defence next year to be operational

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From the beginning of next year it could be the cybereenheid of Defense on missions abroad. The Defence Cyber Command (DCC) is operational, notifies the ministry on Wednesday.

The unit consisting of approximately eighty men protects its own digital networks, but can also be offensive attacks. For example, the turning off of computers and weapons systems, but also of altitude of aircraft.

Earlier this year proved yet that the military increasingly the target of digital espionage. That is a daily practice. And the threat is becoming more aggressive and more advanced, said minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defence when.

With the DCC, the military has a fifth battleground, given in addition to the battle on sea, land, air, and space. The Frederikkazerne in The Hague is the home of the Defence Cyber Command. There are also later the general and military intelligence services (AIVD and MIVD) to be found.

The unit, at the end of this month participated in the annual NATO exercise Cyber Coalition. During that exercise will be a mission played out with military installations of the NATO countries digital to attack.

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