IDF bolstering computer defenses

IDF bolstering computer defenses
IDF bolstering computer defenses 

The Jerusalem Post
Dec 18, 2009

In the face of a growing cyber warfare threat, the IDF is beefing up its 
defenses against enemy hackers.

The IDF operates a number of units - in Military Intelligence and the 
IDF's Computer Services Directorate - which are jointly responsible for 
defending the IDF as well as other intelligence agencies' networks from 
foreign infiltration.

"The threat is always growing and we always need to be one step ahead," 
a senior IDF officer said Wednesday. "There are attempts all the time to 
try and hack into our networks, and we are aware of our enemies' 

On Tuesday, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin warned 
of the growing cyber warfare threat against Israel and around the world. 
He cited as an example the war in Georgia in 2008, during which Russia 
was suspected of bringing down Georgian infrastructure by hacking into 
the country's computer mainframes. Yadlin also mentioned Estonia which 
came under cyber attack in 2007, allegedly also by the Kremlin.

The unit responsible for protecting the IDF networks is called Matzov, a 
Hebrew acronym for "Center for Encryption and Information Security," and 
operates under the C4I Corps. It is responsible for writing 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.


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