In the capital Ankara, the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) held a ceremony for the Cybersecurity Cluster, marking a new era in the Turkish defense industry. The SSM has established a cybersecurity cluster that brings together various elements – state institutions, the private sector, ordinary citizens and universities.
The SSM aims to establish an efficient cybersecurity ecosystem via measures and strategies to increase domestic value. The SSM plans to acquire and disseminate indigenous cybersecurity technologies to public and military institutions and develop software and hardware subcomponents with indigenous possibilities.
In a speech at the Cybersecurity Cluster launch ceremony, Undersecretary of Defense Industry İsmail Demir said Turkey depends on foreign cybersecurity components. Stressing that defense should not be limited to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Demir asserted the need to garner indigenous cybersecurity tools in line with the requirements of our age.
The undersecretary asserted that by establishing the Cyber Security Cluster, Turkey will be able to acquire sectoral capability in cybersecurity technologies by establishing the ideal balance between maximum domestic participation and cybersecurity projects, especially the development of software and hardware subcomponents.
The main SSM objective is to bring together all stakeholders in the cybersecurity sector to ensure development of the cybersecurity ecosystem and mobilize mechanisms to provide it.
Furthermore, the SSM looks to bring young talents into the field. Placing great value on the future of the sector, the Undersecretariat will provide scholarships and internship programs to young university students or new graduates, offering them a path in the sector.