First Cyber Troops Went To the Service

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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.”

1The 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.

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Ministry of Defence to Create Cyber Troops

1The Ministry of Defence plans to form science cyber troops of the Naval Academy. According to the military management, experts in exact sciences can do military service in such squadrons, where they will be able to gain access to secret information. Experts believe that this idea is doomed to failure.

“We have plans to establish a cyber troop of the Naval Academy. This is a very important and serious direction. Moreover, this unit will deal with the widest range of Navy tasks- both underwater and above-water ones, ” said the Deputy Defence Minister, Colonel-General Oleg Ostapenko. According to him, solution of Navy tasks is often connected not only with the activities of specialized universities: to build a ship they also need programmers, and materials scientists, and other professionals. Therefore, cyber troops will include specialists from all technical universities of the country. They also will be able to take part in processing of secret information, added the Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov.

It became known that a number of cyber troops has already begun the military service. Until the end of the year several similar units will be created. It is assumed that they will be attached to the core defense companies and research institutes.

шойгуThe idea of cyber troops establishment was first performed at the meeting of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu with heads of universities in March. Defense Minister liked the proposal of rectors community to attract students to carry out research papers by order of the Ministry of Defence instead of military service. Practical implementation of the project “Cyber Troops” began in the Russian Army on July. 5. 0% of the time these military men will do a research work by order of the Russian Ministry of Defence. “They won’t just do what they want, they will have specific scientific tasks,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. As for the service, the minister added that “it is really a military service with all relevant attributes.” “Of course, they will receive military training – shoot, get up at 06.30 am, do physical exercises, study,” said Shoigu.

“There was a selection of military personnel to undergo military service in cyber troops, and today we have the required number of people willing to serve in cyber troops for the autumn draft. We will work with them constantly,” – said Pankov.

According to Deputy Minister of Defence Oleg Ostapenko first cyber troops of the Russian Army will be deployed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Voronezh. The Russian Defence Ministry has not yet decided on the total number of established cyber troops.