IDF establishes cyber defense situation room

The cutting-edge situation room will protect the IDF's computer networks 24 hours a day, assessing threats and coordinating with local cyber defense teams

Date: 14/02/2013, 3:22 PM     Author: Dana Petrov

The IDF recently established a cyber defense situation room that will protect the military's computer systems 24 hours a day. The new situation room will be capable of overseeing the IDF's cyber defense forces, assessing threats and incidents and working with local cyber defense teams.

Israel is one of the first nations in the world to establish a situation room devoted entirely to cyber defense. "The situation room is part of the operational preparedness of the IDF, the goal being to maintain the constancy of the regular activity based on the IDF's cyber world – in the air, at sea and on land," said a senior cyber defense officer.

The cyber defense situation room is equipped with command and control systems and advanced monitoring systems, which were developed in conjunction with civilian defense companies. "These systems enable the various branches of the military to forge their internal protective processes while enabling the situation room itself to oversee these processes," this officer explained. "Furthermore, the situation room neutralizes cyber activity that occurs in the world that could harm the IDF."

The situation room is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by dozens of soldiers who have completed the IDF's Cyber Shield Course. This training course incorporates training on a simulator that imitates cyber attacks – the world's first simulator of its kind.

IDF cyber defense teams stationed throughout Israel are responsible for dealing with cyber incidents locally. In case of an incident that these crews cannot handle independently, a back-up crew arrives to provide support, under the command of the situation room. The new cyber defense situation room promises to provide more precise assessments of threats and incidents, making the cyber teams more effective and dramatically increasing the security of the IDF's computer systems.