France military to up defences against 'cyber war'

Jan 21, 2014
French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits the construction site of the new French Defence minister on January 17, 2014 in Paris

France will soon launch a 1.5-billion-euro ($2 billion) plan to defend itself against "cyber war" as a strategic priority, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

The project, to be launched "in a few weeks", will be written into the French military budget over the next five years, Le Drian told a cyber-security forum in the northern city of Lille.

"The scale needs to be changed" given that against French defence ministry organs have quadrupled in two years, he said.

In an interview to Les Echos newspaper, the minister was more specific.

"In 2013 we recorded 780 significant computer incidents within the defence ministry, against 195 in 2011," he said.

Risks, he said, were increasing of either attempts to paralyse government servers or to destroy information and command systems.

"They are general localised attacks coming from foreign powers or activist groups, but they clearly show intrusion attempts into networks able to affect our forces operating abroad or even our partners," he said.

Defensive measures taken could be broadened through cooperation with other EU nations, either through shared platforms or expertise, he added.

At the Lille conference, Le Drian said his ministry aimed to recruit more IT and programming experts to extend protection, train up existing staff, and to use networking technology to better support French troops.

Personnel in the cyber division of the ministry's armaments unit will nearly double to 450 in coming years, he vowed, "and we will triple the volume of studies dedicated to cyber issues".

Explore further: BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-ins

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

South Korea beefs up cyber security

Jul 04, 2013

South Korea on Thursday said it would double its cyber-security budget and train 5,000 experts amid growing concern over its vulnerability to attacks it blames on North Korea.

Cyber-attack could knock out British military

Jan 09, 2013

The British military's dependence on information technology means it could be "fatally compromised" by a cyber-attack but the government seems unprepared for such an event, lawmakers warned Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Computerised vehicles are vulnerable to hacking and theft

Jan 27, 2015

Theft of vehicles is about as old as the notion of transport – from horse thieves to carjackers. No longer merely putting a brick through a window, vehicle thieves have continually adapted to new technology, ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.