Israel and Cyber Warfare

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stefano Mele

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After an introduction on the state of the art regarding Israel and cyber warfare, Dr. Mahmoud Muhareb of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, offers an interesting review of a book entitled "Cyber Warfare: Concepts, Trends, and Implications for Israel", published in June 2011 by the Institute for National Security Studies at the University of Tel Aviv.

According to the review, the authors of this book suggest that the Israeli government adopt a national strategy for the defense of Israeli cyberspace along the following lines:

1. The recognition of cyberspace as a new national arena, the defense of which should be a particular priority (along with other arenas such as land, air and sea) through a comprehensive vision and the cooperation of all relevant parties.

2. The establishment of a body and a central command for the defense of cyberspace at the national level.

3. Dealing with the development of vital infrastructure and security items as a top priority while also carrying out the defense of other components, such as the defense of information in universities and research centers and the defense of companies that have an impact on the Israeli economy that are not classified as part of the state´s infrastructure.

4. Building a dynamic and comprehensive defense team in cyberspace, such as the team established by the US Department of Defense.

5. Permanent cooperation in the arena of cyberspace between the public sector, the security sector, and the private sector.

6. Cooperation with foreign countries, particularly the allied states, on the issue of cyberspace.

7. Passing specific legislation pertaining to cyberspace and ensuring this legislation´s implementation on the ground.

8. Assisting the general public in increasing its awareness of cyberspace, the development of the public´s defense capabilities in this area, and the granting of incentives to companies and individuals to acquire defense software while increasing control and monitoring of companies developing such software.

9. The use of the most advanced and up to date technological aids and devices related to cyberspace.

10. The formulation and development of Israeli deterrence policies, including the ability to carry out injurious and direct response against any party engaged in aggression against Israeli cyberspace. This would be the included in the mandate and tasks of the Israeli defense establishment.

More information here:
http://english.dohainstitute.org/Home/Details/5ea4b31b-155d-4a9f-8f4d-a5b428135cd5/c82f6a5e-6ba7-40c0-ba42-819b34167108

Cross-posted from Stefano Mele

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Matthijs R. Koot Where can I find/order that book? It is not (yet?) listed as publication of any kind at www.inss.org.il. Hebrew version is OK.
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