IDF’s cyber defenders complete training course

Graduates of the Cyber Shield course will be integrated into the IDF (Zahal)’s various branches, where they will protect the military’s computer systems

Date: 25/01/2013, 1:49 PM     Author: Dana Petrov

The IDF (Zahal)’s Cyber Shield training course, which trains soldiers to protect the military’s core systems in cyberspace, concluded its second cycle last week.

Graduates of the course will soon be integrated into the Israel Air Force, the Israeli Navy, the Teleprocessing Branch and the Intelligence Directorate.

“These days, the IDF (Zahal) is grounding itself in a new operational realm that is growing and evolving,” said the IDF (Zahal)’s Cyber Defense Commander, speaking at the course’s graduation ceremony. “The cyber threats are vast and varied, from independent groups of hackers to enemy states. The IDF (Zahal) came to understand that there was a need for a new approach to provide an answer to the main gaps in the existing defensive approach. Training in cyber defense was born as part of the developing approach, out of a need to strengthen the line of defense.”

The Cyber Shield course, which took place over several months, trained exceptionally capable soldiers who were selected from a large applicant pool. Following their regular military service, these graduates are expected to serve as career soldiers.

“Graduates of the course chose significant service including service as career soldiers – a fact that in itself deserves appreciation at a time when individual needs are put before collective needs,” said the Cyber Defense Commander. “This is dedicated and professional workforce that is determined and professional and has a special vision for locating, identifying and responding.”

The IDF (Zahal) aims to carry out three cycles of the Cyber Shield training course each year. The first cycle concluded in May 2012, and the next cycle is expected to begin in several months.