Israel Defense Forces and National Cyber Defense
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 19, Issue 1, p.45-62 (2020)
Keywords:Cyber defence, cyber operations, Cybersecurity, doctrine, roles of the Israel Defense Forces, strategy
Cybersecurity in and of itself is not particularly new. Contemporary opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities, however, make this a challenging field. It is only natural that rivals exploit newly created opportunities. Conflict, in which adversarial relationships have a cyber dimension, is here to stay. Accordingly, societies must devise an appropriate organization to protect themselves from intentional threats. This article surveys Israel’s approach, outlining the origins and the evolution of the national cyber defense, prevailing threats, doctrinal challenges, and the role military services play in cyber defense.