Brig. Gen. Karol Molenda is an expert in building and implementing innovative solutions in cyber security, computer incident response, computer forensics and ICT security. As the Polish Cyber Commander, he strongly supports modern scientific and research projects as well as active cyber cooperation at the international level.
Gen. Molenda has held numerous positions in the Military Counterintelligence Service including the Head of IT Security Branch, the Head of Computer Forensic Branch, the Head of Cyber Counterintelligence Branch, the Deputy Director of Cyber Security Bureau, and the Deputy Director of VI Directorate.
In 2019, he was assigned as the Director of the National Cyber Security Centre and in 2022, he was appointed as a Cyber Commander at Cyber Command (previously National Cyber Security Centre – Cyber Command ). From 2019 he has also served also as the Plenipotentiary of the Minister of National Defence for the creation of Cyber Defence Forces.
Gen. Molenda was awarded, inter alia, the Army Commendation Medal by the United States Department of Defense in 2019 for his commitment and unconventional approach to cyber counterintelligence activities. In 2021, during the second edition of the CYBERSEC CEE Regions & Cities forum, he received the European CYBERSEC award.
Gen. Molenda is a graduate of the Military University of Technology (master’s degree in Cybernetics and MBA in Cyber Security) and of Warsaw Management University.