Brazil to Create Cyber Military Defense for World Cup, Olympics

By Dialogo
January 02, 2013

Brazil will create a specialized military organization to prevent cyber attacks during the major sports events it will host in the upcoming years, namely the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to an official publication on December 27.

The Military System of Cyber Defense (for its Portuguese acronym SMDC) will rely on the Army, and is currently part of a protection policy against cyber attacks designed by the Ministry of Defense, an official source of the ministry told AFP.

“The cyber actions in the Ministry of Defense framework are aimed to secure the use of cyber space, and block and prevent its use against the interests of the country,” the official decree stated.

The policy is designed in view of “the massive upcoming events to take place in the next years” in Brazil, the source stated.

Besides the World Cup and the Olympics, Brazil will host the soccer Confederations Cup, as well as the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

According to the legal publication, the SMDC will cooperate with the Armed Forces’ intelligence apparatus, and will count on civil society contributors, including academics, and private and defense industry sectors,” the source explained.

For the United Nations environmental summit, Rio +20, the Army activated a unit to control network connections.

Two months ago, the Brazilian Congress passed a law against cyber crimes, which forbids racist contents and penalizes the illegal violation of email accounts.