By Cho Chung-un
The Korea Herald
September 14, 2009
The government will train 3,000 "cyber sheriffs" by next year to protect
the country from future cyber attacks, officials said yesterday.
Cyber sheriffs are trained experts capable of maintaining cyber security
for businesses from cyber attacks and malicious hackers. The government
plans to encourage colleges to open intensive courses to train cyber
experts. Graduates of the courses will be hired by government offices
and businesses in the future, officials said.
According to the plan, the National Intelligence Service is to take a
leading role when cyber attacks are launched. They will cooperate with
other government offices and businesses to minimize damage from the
possible "cyber terrorists."
Separately, the Defense Ministry is to form an Army unit to fight
against cyber attacks by another country's military.
The Korea Communications Commission plans a nation-wide publicity
campaign on cyber terrorism.
The comprehensive plan on enhancing cyber security comes two months
after cyber attacks that severely slowed or disrupted the nation's
government agencies, banks and internet sites.
Although the so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks left
no significant damage, investigators have failed to find the origin of
"The July 7 DDoS attacks demonstrated the country's vulnerability and
offered the government a chance to reexamine its countermeasures on
cyber terrorism. They also raised concerns on security management of
personal computers as well," a government official said.
The government plans to review the legal framework on reinforcing
control of programs designed to attack other computers. It also plans to
expand state spending on enhancing cyber security.
Korea is a leading country for information technology and one of the
most concentrated markets for high-speed internet.
The country has about 16 million broadband internet subscribers, which
accounts for more than a third of the population.
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