The Cyber and Information Domain Service
Defending Germany in Cyber and Information Space - just as the army, air force and navy are responsible for the dimensions land, air, space and sea, the members of the new organisational unit are holistically responsible for the dimension cyber and information space.
cyber and information space - a new domain
Digitalization has countless opportunities and possibilities in store for all of us. Nearly everyone uses the new technologies – be it in private life or at the workplace. Digitalization, however, entails a number of risks. Attacks from the Internet have long ceased to be fiction. The Bundeswehr, too, is affected by this development.
Its IT and high-technology weapon systems makes the Bundeswehr a high-value target for attackers. It is among the tasks of the Cyber and Information Domain Service to prevent and specifically defend against attacks on Bundeswehr networks and systems. In addition, the Cyber and Information Domain Service is also responsible for reconnaissance and effects in foreign systems. The Bundeswehr has pooled its IT expertise in the Cyber and Information Domain Service in order to be prepared for new developments in the best possible way. The objective is to take advantage of the opportunities of technological progress and minimize the risks associated with it.
The Cyber and Information Domain Service Headquarters is based in Bonn. This is where, under the command of Vice Admiral Dr. Thomas Daum, all important decisions are made. In addition to the traditional domains of land, see and air, cyber and information space was added as a new domain.
The Chief of the Cyber and Information Domain Service is responsible for personnel, material and procurement as well as training and operations of servicemen and women. The Bundeswehr Geoinformation Centre, the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and the Bundeswehr Communication and Information Systems Command, as well as their associated agencies, are subordinate to him.
When the cyber and information domain service was established in 2017, it was given an extremely important responsibility for the future of the bundeswehr. Our aim is to take a cohesive a comprehensive approach towards understanding an continuously advancing the cyber an information domain so that we can meet the challenges of the digital age.
The operation and protection of Bundeswehr IT infrastructure is of crucial importance – be it during routine duty or on operations abroad. Guaranteeing these services is the core task of the Bundeswehr Communication and Information Systems Command. It is responsible for providing training at the Bundeswehr Communication and Information Systems School, operating the Bundeswehr IT system at the Bundeswehr Communication and Information Systems Services Centre and exercising command and control of the servicemen and women of six Communication and Information Systems Support Battalions and one NATO interface – the 1st NATO Signal Battalion.
The Bundeswehr Cyber Security Centre ensures the protection of IT services and the Bundeswehr IT system.
The Bundeswehr Centre for Software Expertise is the leading authority on innovation, software development and integration, certification of IT services and cross-service
simulations in the armed forces.
The Strategic Reconnaissance Command provides information for the early recognition of crises and for the support of Bundeswehr operations abroad.
Its four Electronic Warfare Battalions collect information from electromagnetic radiation on land, in the air and at sea.
Military intelligence and electronic warfare training takes place at the Bundeswehr Strategic Reconnaissance School.
The Bundeswehr Signals Intelligence Technical Analysis Centre forms the link between technical/scientific work and the practical implementation of the results for Bundeswehr operations.
The Imagery Intelligence Centre provides satellite-based imagery reconnaissance data. This facilitates estimates of the situation and early recognition of crises on operations.
With its expert knowledge of the perception, communication and effective use of information, the Bundeswehr Operational Communication Centre for the first time provides the Bundeswehr with the capability to exploit the information environment as an area of military action.
The Cyber Operations Centre completes the set of effective and threat-adapted Bundeswehr agencies that ensure mission accomplishment in the era of digitalization and hybrid warfare.
The Bundeswehr Geoinformation Centre provides the armed forces and the Federal Ministry of Defence with information on all geospatial factors. Building on basic scientific and applied research, the centre meets the demand for up-to-date geospatial information. This is the only way for the army, navy and air force to prepare for climatic conditions and ensure safety at sea and in the air.
CIR in pictures
The 14.500 soldiers and civilian employees have many tasks in the cyber- and information domain.
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All members of the cyber and information domain service, regardless of whether they are wearing an army, air force or naval uniform, wear a “navy blue” beret with the associated new beret badge as a common and identity-creating feature. Civilian employees have the option of wearing a pin or pin on their lapel.
The cyber and information space beret badge consists of three main symbols:
- The arrows pointing in the opposite direction symbolize surveillance and reconnaissance in the cyber and information space.
- The globe symbolizes the geoinformation support, worldwide education as well as the Internet and thus illustrates the global networking as a symbol of the cyber and information space.
- The shield embodies the protection of the operating room and the contribution to national security by the cyber and information room organizational area.
The cyber march
The cyber and information domain even has a piece of music dedicated to it. As befits the Bundeswehr, it is marching music. and it is called "Cyber March".
It is characterized by a powerful rhythm in 6/8 time, a lively melody and a progressive harmony. The character of the march symbolizes the creativity, the spirit of optimism and the visionary zest for action in the cyber and information domain.
The "Cyber-March" was composed by Sergeant Major Sebastian Middel. Middel is in the music corps of the German Armed Forces and is a full-time drummer there. In addition, he works for the music corps as a composer and arranger.