Thursday, April 25, 2013

Israel Ramp Up Training Cyberdefense

twice a week about 200 Israeli high school students in seven separate locations to meet after school for six hours of extra lessons. Students earn two tests to qualify for the extra care, as directed by the Israel Defense Forces Veterans and supervised by officers on active duty. The students call themselves Achievers magshimistim high and they are the pioneers of what the government is hoping thousands of high school students are trained to be the best that cyberwarriors waging cyberwar world.Israel endless. Government networks is one of the highest strike anywhere, with the day-to-day attacks that number in the tens of thousands, Soufan Group, a New York-based security adviser, said in a report on January 14. In November of civilian computer technician diverted millions of attempted attacks on the website of the government of Israel air force struck the country Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Israeli rockets hit the city and cities.The threat to Israel is likely to grow. Iran has allocated about $ 1 billion to build and get cybertechnology, as well as hiring and training experts, by Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies. Iran Defense Cyber ​​Command military personnel and representatives of government ministries. "[Iran] take the evil campaign of cyber attacks against all, against Israel, against the United States. This is an attack that is not visible, but the taste and feel more and more, "said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 18. Iran has accused Israel and the U.S. is trying to sabotage its nuclear program by a virus called Stuxnet.Many magshimistim cyberdefense unit eventually will join the Israel Defense Forces'. The program teaches students to perform tasks such as computer viruses containing wild in so-called "cyber-sandbox" so that they can learn how to tame it. For their final project, the youth should form a virtual orchestra by connecting the terminal to a central computer to act as a conductor, providing instruments and melodies in a different terminal. Recruit the best and brightest is a major task for the National Cyber ​​Bureau. "It's easier to train people under 25," said Lt. Col. Sagi, officers supervising high school program (bar her from regulations that give his full name). Set a little over a year ago, the agency responsible for coordinating cyberdefenses country by investing in human capital, to secure national infrastructure such as communication networks, and encourage industry cybertechnology to strengthen the economy. Since its establishment, the firm publicly provided more than 140 million in cash ($ 38 million) for a research program run by the Department of Defense, startup companies, high school initiatives, and doctoral programs at the university. The total budget will be greater. "Paper Bureau is to ensure that Israel is more secure," said Rami Efrati, head of the civil division of the bureau, in collaboration with the IDF. Efrati reported Matania Eviatar, bureau chief, rarely speaks in public he and other members of the bureau, about a dozen in total, still anonymous.The graduated high school program does not automatically get from a virtual army unit. It must pass strict tests applicants for overseeing military training course itself. In areas in central Israel, about 20 soldiers signed to serve a year and a half to spend their days in front of a computer screen for digital terrain training. Work consumes 14 hours a day for four months. "This course was developed for people who have no prior knowledge at all," said Lieutenant Commander. Colonel O., who sports blond ponytail and weak. He was responsible for the school computers, including cyber-training, C4I Directorate, which stands for command, control, communications, computers, and more. "They can be an actor or a journalist. Everything from the beginning because the military has something relevant only for us, "he said. "It comes with experience in programming will only give a slight edge over the others." Not one of 2,500 soldiers who want to join the unit, 2 percent were selected. Lt. O. cyberdefense chief instructor at the base. He was a drummer in high school, playing in a jazz group. He likes computers but "not weird. I'm not really interested in more than just Facebook. "The training is held once a closed network between the military units they take turns attacking and defending. Lieutenant. Colonel O., flanked by two specialists in information security, declined to elaborate on specific subjects. Tell her that "soldiers need to know the capabilities of potential attackers, to study at a level above them." Some soldiers hoping to land a job in the high tech industry of Israel after their release. It should not be difficult. Not only do they look but with more companies to choose from as the National Cyber ​​heavily promoted Bureau startup through grants and other financial assistance. Israeli companies such as Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) for world-class players in the cybersecurity firm. Israeli venture capital fund set up incubators to support the development of the company's defense against network threats. Netanyahu said the aim, and the National Cyber ​​Bureau, is to create a digital Iron Dome antimissile system similar to the rocket successfully blocked fired into Israel from Gaza in recent months. Efrati said: "We are looking to create cyberdome to eliminate the attack as we can." Some attacks will penetrate cyberdefenses Efrati Israel itself acknowledges. But Israel will continue to improve their approach. They act as if their lives depended on it.The bottom line: Israel is the target of tens of thousands of daily cyberattacks. Year agency has spent at least $ 38 million to strengthen the defense.

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