Germany to counter US with DARPA like Cyber Security Agency

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Germany has decided to not depend on the United States for research in Cybersecurity field from now on as it has planned to establish its own agency in lines with US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen has confirmed the news and said that her country is getting ready to invest in technologies that protect the nation’s critical digital infrastructure.

The Defense and Interior ministries will manage the federal agency meant for cyber defense and the prime objective will be to defend Germany’s digital assets from cyber attacks.

However, the news has not gone well with few of the German Lawmakers as they suspect that such agency works will negatively impact Germany’s stand to outlaw cyber weapons at the UN. They are in an opinion that Germany could lose to the cyber politics arms race with the United States like China, North Korea, and Russia.

Readers of Cybersecurity Insiders have to notify a fact over here that all these days, Germany and other European nations were relying on US technologies when it comes to defending their IT infrastructure against cyber attacks from adversaries. Now, the country has decided to not allow other country governments to sneak into their business in the cyber landscape. And so has decided to establish Bundeswehr’s Cyber and Information Domain Service (CIDS) against the background of rising numbers of cyber attacks.

CIDS was established in April 2017 and it has now become fully operational allowing the military to protect the nation’s critical networks and information systems. The agency runs on the nucleus of over 260 staff which includes defense and civilians working across various units.

Currently, the cyber defense agency doesn’t have an army of hackers. But Ursula says that her country will soon engage a group of white hat hackers from military and private organizations to retaliate attacks coming from the nation’s adversaries.