IDF graduates first ‘Cyber Defenders’ class (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 04/18/12)
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The IDF made history on Tuesday with the graduation of its first
class of Cyber Defenders, a new role established the C4I Directorate
established to prevent online attacks against IDF networks.
Around 30 soldiers completed the course. Following their graduation,
the soldiers will be assigned to the IDF’s various branches where
they will be responsible for preventing online infiltrations of
The graduation ceremony comes a year after the IDF General Staff
established a Cyber Defense Division in the C4I Directorate, which is
responsible for protecting IDF networks from hackers and
A few months ago, The Jerusalem Post reported on an ambitious Iranian
plan to invest $1 billion to develop technology and hire computer
experts with the goal of boosting the Islamic Republic’s offensive
and defensive cyber-warfare capabilities.
Due to the presumed increase in the cyber threat to Israel, the IDF
General Staff recently approved a multiyear program to beef up cyber
defense including the expansion of personnel and development of new
The IDF also organized the units that deal with cyber-warfare,
establishing offensive capabilities and operations within Military
Intelligence’s Unit 8200 and defensive operations in a new division
within the C4I Directorate.
The government recently established a cyber task force that will be
responsible for improving Israeli defenses and coordinating the
development of new software and capabilities between local defense
and hi-tech companies.
“This is a growing threat that we need to be prepared for,” a senior
IDF officer from the C4I Directorate explained earlier this week.
One of the IDF’s primary concerns is the possibility that an enemy
will topple military networks during a war. In recent years, the
military has invested heavily in digitizing its ground forces – for
example the Tzayad digital army program that allows units to share
information on the location of friendly and hostile units.
“Our job is to understand the network, live and breathe it and as
quickly as possible detect something suspicious,” one of the
graduates, who could only be identified as U. – the first letter of
his name – explained. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/18/12)
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