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Cyber Defense Joint Command
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The Joint Cyber-Defence Command (MCCD in Spanish) is the body of the operational structure, under the Chief of Defence Staff (JEMAD), responsible for planning and execution of actions relating to cyber defence in networks and information and telecommunications systems of the Ministry of Defence, or other ones that may be entrusted to it. It also contributes to an adequate response in the cyberspace against threats or aggressions that may affect National Defence.

CHIEF COMMANDER OF THE JOINT CYBER-DEFENSE COMMAND Major General. Mr. Rafael García Hernández

 UPON HIS GRADUATION AS FIRST LIEUTENANT, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 78th WING AND TWO YEARS LATER TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN IN 1986 SERVING IN THE SECURITY AND DEFENCE TRAINING CENTRE AS INSTRUCTOR, INCLUDING MILITARY TRAINING IN NBC DEFENCE.

IN 1989 HE TOOK THE BASIC LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR COURSE IN TEXAS (USA) AND THE INTERCEPT CONTROLLER COURSE. HE

PERFORMED DUTIES AS INTERCEPT CONTROLLER IN THE COMMAND AND REPORTING CENTRE (CRC, TORREJÒN AIR FORCE BASE) DURING THREE YEARS, INCLUDING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AIR WEAPONS TRAINING.

HIS FURTHER MILITARY EDUCATION INCLUDES ATTENDANCE TO THE AIR FORCE STAFF SCHOOL (STAFF COURSE) AND THE PUBLIC INFORMATION SEMINAR “COOPERATIVE LINK 4” IN AFSOUTH.

IN MARCH 1994 HE WAS PROMOTED TO MAJOR AND ASSIGNED TO THE CABINET OF THE AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF AND LATER TO THE INTELLIGENCE DIVISION, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SECTION.

IN 1998 HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE (SHAPE), COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION DIVISION, WHERE HE WORKED FOR THREE YEARS IN THE AIR COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM (ACCS) PROGRAMME.

AT THE END OF THIS TOUR, IN AUGUST 2001, HE WAS PROMOTED TO LTCOL AND ASSIGNED BACK TO THE CRC TORREJÒN AS CHIEF OF OPERATIONS.

IN JULY 2004, HE WAS APPOINTED AIR ATTACHÈ TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

AFTER THE COMPLETION OF HIS 3 YEARS TOUR, HE RETURNED TO SPAIN AS STAFF OFFICER IN THE AIR COMBAT COMMAND WHERE HE TOOK    A    FOUR    MONTHS    TOUR    IN    AFGANISTHAN    AND    ALSO

PARTICIPATED IN THE OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR AS SENIOR REP TO THE JFACC AT POGGIO RENATICO.

HE  WAS  PROMOTED  TO  COLONEL  IN  JULY  2011  AND  DESIGNATED COMMANDER OF THE ARS TORREJON IN NOVEMBER 2012.

UPON FINISHING HIS COMMAND TOUR IN 2014 HE RETURNED TO THE AIR COMBAT COMMAND. IN JULY 2015 WAS ASSIGNED TO THE JOINT STAFF.

IN  NOVEMBER  2016 WAS  PROMOTED  TO  BRIGADIER  GENERAL  AND ASSIGNED AS COMMANDER OF THE AIR FORCE C2 DIRECTORATE.

IN JUNE 2018 IS PROMOTED TO MAJOR GENERAL AND IN JULY 30th  IS APOINTED AS COMMANDER OF THE ESP CYBERDEFENCE COMMAND.

DECORATIONS

-           Grand Cross, Commander with Star, Commander and Cross of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegildo.

-           Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit

-           Three Crosses of Aeronautical Merit with White Distinctive.

-           Cross of the Military Merit with White Distinctive.

-           NATO: Non-article 5 Medal "Former Yugoslavia".

-           NATO: Non-Article 5 Medal "ISAF

-           NATO: Non-Article 5 Medal "OUP-LIBYA"

-           Silver Medal of the National Defence of France

-           Civil Guard Cross of Merit

-              Medal of Distinguished Service Lithuanian Armed Forces

QUALIFICATIONS

 MILITARY, NATIONAL AND FOREIGN COURSES

-           Updating for performance of the duties of General.

-           General Staff of the Armed Forces.

-           NATO Logistics Course

-           CIS Orientation

-           Resource Management Education Programme

-           Interception Controller

-           English Instructor in USA

-           Security and Defence

-           CBRN Defence

-           Parachute Unit Command

-           Observer

-           Supplies

LANGUAGES

ENGLISH: 4444

FRENCH: 2222

HOBBIES

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1.         Guaranteeing free access to cyberspace in order to carry out the missions and tasks assigned to the Armed Forces, through the development and use of the necessary means and procedures.

2.         Guaranteeing availability, integrity and confidentiality of information, as well as integrity and availability of the networks and systems that manage and entrust it.

3.         Guaranteeing operation of the critical services of the Armed Forces information and telecommunications systems in a degraded environment due to incidents, accidents or attacks.

4.         Obtaining, analysing and exploiting information on cyberattacks and incidents in the networks and systems under their responsibility.

5.         Exercising a timely, legitimate and proportionate response in cyberspace against threats or aggressions that may affect National Defence.

6.         Directing and coordinating, in matters of cyber-defence, the activity of both the information security incident response centres of the Armies and Navy and the information security operations of the Ministry of Defence.

7.         Representing the Ministry of Defence in matters of military cyber defence at the national and international levels.

8.         Cooperating, in the area of cyber-defence, with the national information security incident response centres, in accordance with the national cybersecurity strategies and policies in force, as well as with other military information security incident response centres at the international level.

9.         Defining, directing and coordinating cyber-defence awareness, education and specialized training.

The National Defence Directive 2012 establishes that deterrence is the result of having capabilities and the determination to use them if necessary. To this end, among other guidelines, it establishes that the Ministry of Defence participates in the promotion of comprehensive cybersecurity management, within the framework of the principles established for this purpose within the National Cybersecurity Strategy.

This comprehensive management requires the Ministry of Defence to contribute to national cybersecurity, not limited to protect purely military systems.

For this reason, and due to the critical nature of the information processed by information and telecommunications systems, their multiple dependence, technical complexity, quantity and geographical dispersion of their infrastructures, the creation of a Joint Cyber-Defence Command is required to direct and coordinate actions of the Armed Forces in this area.

The creation of the Armed Forces Joint Cyber-Defence Command (MCCD in Spanish) is the result of a gradual process in which four milestones are highlighted:

  • 28th January, 2011, approval by the JEMAD of the " Military Cyber-Defence Vision". This vision guides the definition, development and use of the national military capabilities necessary to ensure the effective use of cyberspace in military operations.
  • 28th July, 2011, approval by the JEMAD of the "Concept of Military Cyber -Defence". This concept establishes the principles, objectives and challenges of cyber-defence in the military field.
  • 12th July, 2012, approval by the JEMAD of the "Action Plan for Obtaining Military Cyber- Defence Capability. This plan is configured as a living document to adapt to the dynamic nature of cyberspace and the evolution of information technologies and to seek synergy through the coordination of efforts between the joint field (EMAD), the corporate field (DIGENIN), and the specific fields (Armies), as well as by taking advantage of existing structures.
  • On 19th February 2013, the Minister of Defence issued "Ministerial Order 10/2013, creating the Joint Cyber-Defence Command".

     

Escudo del MCCD

The Defence Staff´s emblem, to which the MCCD organically belongs, embraces the globe, the space in which the Command carries out its work and over which it deploys an "atmosphere" which, like a firewall, represents the MCCD's protection of national interests in cyberspace.

The background on which this set is placed represents cyberspace itself, symbolized by the set of lines that make up the telecommunications networks and by a list of superimposed binary series, encoded in eight-bit ASCII, which have a particular meaning in relation to the Command itself. All this shows the mastery of information and communications technologies in which the MCCD carries out its Mission, and which characterises it as a highly specialised military unit.

The motto of the MCCD (Loyalty and Constancy - Ingenuity and Dexterity) is displayed on the outer strip, delimited by the outer and inner circles. The work of a Military Unit without the exercise of due loyalty is not understood. On the other hand, the characteristics of the mission of the MCCD require constancy in all its actions, giving priority to ingenuity in its conception and skill in its execution.

The motto of the MCCD aims to encourage the idea that its high technological specialization is in perfect consonance with the respect to the traditional military virtues, making patent that its components, although requiring a high specialization and a specific training are, above all, soldiers.

Finally, at the bottom of the outer circle are the inscriptions of the acronyms of Spain and of the Cyber Defence Command itself (ESP MCCD).

ESP DEF CERT is the name of the Ministry of Defence Incident Response Centre. It is part of the Joint Cyber- Defence Command. Its scope of action includes the networks and the Armed Forces information and telecommunications systems, as well as those other networks and systems specifically entrusted to it that affect National Defence.

Contact:

E-mailesp-def-cert@mde.es

Official service telephone: 34 638 76 96 98

PGP Fingerprint: BF9A173DF0E4318E61291B73C0FAAD5ABC46B7FF  


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