“During Operation ‘Protective Edge’, my team and I had to be on call around the clock in order to respond to any case of cyber-attack” Meet Corporal Omer, a Cyber-Defense noncom with much importance these days. Only a year and a half ago, Omer’s future looked very different as a computer student in a US university. “I’m Israeli, I always knew I wanted to join the IDF”
Corporal Omer is a Cyber-Defense noncom in the IAF. As part of his “Red Team”, he works day at night to defend the operational networks from cyber-attacks, an intensifying threat for the IDF during the past few years. But only a year and a half ago, Omer majored in computers at a university in the US, with a promising future in the high-tech field.
Omer’s parents left Israel when he was 6 years old and even though he was not obligated by law, he decided to suspend his life in the US and come to Israel to serve in the IDF.
“After 18 months of studying, I decided to take a break”, he says. “I realized that the best place for me now is in Israel and that I wanted to join the IDF. My whole family has served in the Israeli army, I’m Israeli and I always knew that it is something I want and must do”.
“We defend the backbone systems of the IAF”
When Omer enlisted, the obvious choice for him was the Cyber-Defense branch. “I’ve been programming since I was 13 years old. I knew I can be of great help in this field”, He adds. “During Operation ‘Protective Edge’, my team and I had to be on call around the clock in order to respond to any case of cyber-attack. In times like these I feel the significance of my service. We defend the backbone systems of the IAF. My next step will be joining the officers course. For someone that grew far away from here, I always wanted to be an officer in the IDF and as such I can contribute even more”.