First Russian cyber troops, consisting of students of the Moscow State Technical University named after Bauman, went to the service: one of them is located in Voronezh, the other – in the suburbs of Moscow. This was announced by the first pro-rector of the university Boris Padalkin.
According to him, now cyber troops consist of a few dozen of people, but the number of troops will be increased in future. Padalkin noticed that students of these cyber troops will be able to drive home on weekends. He did not specify service duration (previously 12 months was reported).
The contest for cyber troops was three contestants for one place. Among the contestants were students from universities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Tambov, Kursk, Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, Ufa and Voronezh, and in the end young people from Moscow, the Moscow region, Bashkortostan, Belgorod, Voronezh, Tambov, Kaluga, Yaroslavl, Astrakhan and Chelyabinsk regions were selected. Names of the universities are not specified.
Cyber troops are created in Russia by the order of the Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu. Initially, a number of haeds of universities, including Bauman, offered the ministry to send military departments students in the army for the holidays, but then Shoigu offered them to serve without ceasing scientific activity. It is planned to create five cyber troops, each of them will consist of 80-100 students.
Russia will form a new military branch responsible for cybersecurity by the end of 2013. Among the main tasks of the cyber troops will be data monitoring and processing, as well as dealing with cyber threats.
The first steps in forming the cyber corps were made this past February, when Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu initiated the creation of an army “cyber command.”
The Russian army is interested in alternative energy sources, communications, robotics, and any other innovations that can be used for military purposes, Shoigu said in a meeting with university staff and the general public.