South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol promised on Wednesday that reserve forces for cyber warfare would be established to better respond to growing cyber threats.
Yoon made the remark during a ceremony commemorating the 11th Information Security Day, which was established by law in 2012 to improve the protection of personal information, according to Yonhap news agency.
“As the digital transformation accelerates, so too are cyber threats increasing,” he said at Pangyo Techno Valley in Seongnam, just south of Seoul.
“Cyber attacks occur indiscriminately without distinguishing between the private and public sectors and threaten everything from infrastructure to ordinary citizens,” he added.
Yoon promised to form “cyber reserve forces” from both the civil and government sectors to strengthen the country’s ability to conduct cyber warfare.
The President also promised to address the shortage of cyber personnel by expanding related courses in universities and graduate schools and cultivating a 100,000-person workforce, including 40,000 new hires.