Israel launches Cyber Command

The 80-person team led by a retired general and unveiled by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu follows similar initiatives in the West as
a precaution against industrialised nations falling prey to paralysing
sabotage of their online systems.

Though Israel’s secret services are widely suspected of having waged
such attacks against arch-foe Iran, Netanyahu said the new unit would
be defensive.

The National Cybernetic Taskforce would have access to a budget of
“hundreds of millions of shekels” in the coming years.

“I promise that we will stand up to the menace of future cyber
attacks,” Netanyahu told reporters without elaborating on such
threats. “There is not a shadow of a doubt about that.”

Israel is a global high-tech leader and exporter, its civilian firms
boosted by recruits from, and industrial cooperation with, the
country’s universities and advanced conscript military.

The new command “will coordinate between the needs of national defence
and the growth potential of the cyber industries and the academic
field”, Netanyahu said, citing a plan to incorporate related studies
at secondary-school level.

“The state of Israel will be a centre for dealing with the cyber
world,” he said.- Reuters