The Russian Ministry of Defense is launching a research laboratory that will explore how blockchain technology can be used to bolster national security by preventing hacks on military infrastructure.
Russia’s military technology accelerator, called “ERA,” is overseeing the construction of the lab, which will test if blockchain can be used to detect and prevent cyberattacks and enhance the military’s cybersecurity measures, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia.
The lab will fall under the oversight of the Russian Federation’s 8th Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, which is responsible for protecting state secrets.
The facility is being constructed in Anapa, a coastal Russian town near the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry wants the laboratory to become a technology hub that will initially employ about 200 scientists.