Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron Tal_311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The cyber threat to Israel is growing and the country is not adequately prepared
to defend and confront the threat it faces to its military and civilian
infrastructure, Israel Electric Corporation chairman Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yiftach
Ron-Tal warned on Wednesday.
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“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
during the Fifth Latrun conference at the Zvi Meitar Institute for Land
He 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-andcontrol systems.
under a threat and we could already have experienced a silent infiltration that
will be activated when the enemy wants,” Ron-Tal said. “We need to be prepared
for the possibility that critical infrastructure will be
Referring specifically to the Israel Electric Corp., Ron-Tal
said that Israel’s electrical grid was run by what he called “one big
“The electrical grid in Israel is essentially one big
computer, and if there is a big problem we need to be able to detect
infiltrations, have intelligence about potential attacks and know how to contain
the infiltration, minimize the damage and take back control,” he said.