French army will employ sci-fi writers to predict cyber threats

The French military is to assemble a team of science fiction writers to imagine possible future cyber threats and inject innovation into cyber defence.

This will be a small group, known as the “Red Team” which will be comprised of four or five science fiction writers and or futurists. The team will be hired to “propose disruptive scenarios” that military strategists may not think about, according to France’s Defence Innovation Agency (DIA).

A part of the Red Team’s work will be to put themselves in the shoes of state attackers and terrorist groups in role-playing games, and asses the consequences any cyber-attack using advanced technology. The resulting hypotheses they put forward are then meant to help the armed forces prepare for the consequences of disruptive tech that could drastically change conflicts.

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Source: ITPro