IDF soldiers engaged in cyber security 370.
(photo credit: yadlashiryon.com)
The army is initiating a course to teach senior field commanders about cyber
space and the way it can affect large-scale ground operations.
by the IDF’s C4I Directorate, the course is aimed at teaching senior officers,
mainly infantry, armor and artillery brigade commanders, about cyber space and
News of the course comes amid reports that Israel was
behind a series of recent cyber attacks against Iran in an aim to undermine its
The most recent virus
, Flame, was discovered to have
infected a significant number of computers in the Islamic Republic.
effectively turns every computer it infects into the ultimate spy. It can turn
on PC microphones to record conversations taking place near the computer, take
screenshots, log instant messaging chats, gather data files and remotely change
settings on computers.
The C4I Directorate is implementing a series of
changes aiming at bolstering defenses of military networks, like establishing a
new position for each battalion of an officer who will be in charge of operating
Tzayad, the army’s digital system that allows units to share information on the
location of friendly and hostile forces as well as imagery collected from ground
and aerial sensors. The IDF is concerned that enemy forces will succeed in
penetrating Tzayad in a future conflict.
And in April, the first class of
Cyber Defenders – a new role established by the C4I Directorate – graduated.
Soldiers who completed the course were assigned to the IDF’s various branches
where they are now responsible for preventing online infiltrations of military
Due to the presumed increase in the cyber threat to Israel, the
General Staff recently approved a multiyear program to beef up cyber
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 the C4I Directorate’s Cyber
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