IDF Joins the Fight Against Cyber Attacks (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/04/12)
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The IDF’s Operations Department has recently defined the essence of
IDF cyber warfare, putting together instructions that define the
military´s operational methods in cyber space and clarify its goals
in facing potential enemies.
The IDF Website revealed on Sunday these instructions for the first
time and, according to the IDF document, cyber space is to be handled
similarly to other battlefields on ground, at sea, in the air and in
space. The IDF has been engaged in cyber activity consistently and
relentlessly, gathering intelligence and defending its own cyber
space. If necessary, says the document, cyber space will be used to
execute attacks and intelligence operations.
There are many, diverse, operational cyber warfare goals, including
thwarting and disrupting enemy projects that attempt to limit
operational freedom of both the IDF and the State of Israel, as well
as incorporating cyber warfare activity in completing objectives at
all fronts and in every kind of conflict.
The IDF will use cyber warfare to maintain Israel´s quality and
advantage over its enemies and prevent their growth and military
capabilities, while limiting their operation in this field, says the
Additional goals defined by the document include the creation of
operational conditions that will assist in fulfilling IDF
capabilities in combat as well as influence public opinion and raise
awareness by advocating in the cyber space.
Overall, cyber space will be used to improve the operational
effectiveness of the IDF, both during war and peace time. This will
be done through clandestine activity, while maintaining
confidentiality and expertise.
Internet security expert Isaac Ben-Israel recently said in a report
on cyber security that Israel is the focus of tens of thousands of
cyber attacks per week.
According to Ben-Israel´s calculations, Israel is hit with 1,000
cyber-attacks every minute, which he divides into a hierarchy of
Earlier this year, the Israeli Defense Ministry established a special
cyber warfare administration, which coordinates the efforts of
security agencies and the Israeli defense industry in developing
advanced systems to deal with cyber warfare.
Cyber attacks became a concern in recent months, after hackers
exposed Israelis´ credit card details, and several Israeli websites
were broken into. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/04/12)
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