New centre to train experts in preventing cyber attacks but at a cost

The state plans to spend more than €26.5 million, but the real benefits are unclear.

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Hackers are systematically attacking the systems of a fictive country called Berylia. Over the course of a few hours, the electric grid and internet connection fail, while the attackers also take control of military drones in the air and sewage water treatment plant, causing it to malfunction.

This is a simulation of cyber threats that should be repulsed by programmers and IT specialists.

Top cyber security experts from across the globe were trying to save Berylia in Tallin, Estonia, where NATO organises the Locked Shields training every year. Its aim is not only to avert cyber war, but also to practice cooperation. Two teams – red and blue – have to master international law and communication, and agree on what information they give to the media.

A new centre for training

Similar exercises might also take place in Slovakia in the future. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation led by Richard Raši (Smer) introduced a plan to establish a new Centre of Simulation, Research and the Teaching of Cyber Threats and Cyber Security, worth €26.5 million.

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