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In the face of growing cyber threats against Israel, the IDF recently beefed up
its defenses with the establishment of a new division in the C4I Directorate,
responsible for defending military networks from enemy hackers.
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division is run by a colonel who took his post several weeks ago. The officer is
the former commander of Matzov, the unit responsible for protecting the IDF
networks (and a Hebrew acronym for Center for Encryption and Information
Matzov writes the codes that encrypt IDF, Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) and Mossad networks – as well as mainframes in national
corporations, such as the Israel Electrical Corp., Mekorot, the national water
company and Bezeq.
The decision to establish the new division was made
last year by former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, as part of
the restructuring of the IDF’s cyber capabilities.
Under the new
structure, active capabilities and intelligence- gathering operations are based
within Military Intelligence’s Unit 8200, and defensive operations were
assembled within the new division under the C4I Directorate.
is real and this is something we are working on all the time,” a senior IDF
officer said this week about the threat Israel faces from cyberwarfare. “Every
project within the military today undergoes a review [of] how it can best be
In addition, the C4I Directorate recently established a
special team of computer experts which impersonates the enemy and tries to
breach IDF firewalls and encryptions for strategic planning.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of a new national
cyber-defense taskforce to defend Israel’s vital infrastructure from
Internet-based terror attacks.
The new taskforce will also encourage the
hi-tech sector to work with the government to develop Internet defenses for
domestic use and export.