IEC Chairman: Israel not prepared for cyber threat

September 7, 2011 10:28


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The cyber threat to Israel is growing and the country is not currently adequately prepared to defend and confront the threat it faces to it's military and civilian infrastructure, Israel Electric Corporation Chairman Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yiftach Ron-Tal warned on Wednesday.

"We are not yet where we need to be as a country and everyone needs to be dealing with this from the prime minister and down," Ron-Tal, former head of the IDF's Ground Forces Command, said Wednesday at a conference at the Institute for Land Warfare Studies at Latrun.

Ron-Tal warned that Israel needed to prepare for the possibility that its enemies have already succeeded in installing viruses inside computer systems that control military and civilian infrastructure.

He praised the IDF for moving forward with programs to digitize divisions, brigades and battalions but also warned that due to the cyber threat, the military needed to ensure that its battalion commanders had the necessary skills to operate even without their digital maps and network-based command-and-control systems.

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