The IDF has opened a new cyber defense school for combat commanders. PHOTO: IDF Spokesman.

The IDF has opened a new cyber defense school for combat commanders. PHOTO: IDF Spokesman.

The IDF will be opening a cyber school to introduce combat officers to cybersecurity and warfare, NRG reported on Sunday.

The school will begin operating in January of 2016, and 1,400 soldiers at the level of company commander will be attached the to the school, along with personnel from the Inter-Ground Forces Command and Staff College, members of the brigade and battalion commanders course, as well as telecommunications personnel.

The intent is to familiarize this broad variety of military personnel with the world of cyber warfare and to the wide campaign among the military that relates to this field.

“We want to raise the understanding about the threat of cyber warfare against the means of warfare which these commanders control,” Col. Nitzan Amer, the commander of the training base of the Telecommunications Division, said.

His division is responsible for establishing this new school at the Gidonim camp, which is in the center of Israel.

“The school will allow us to expose this world to all of the IDF, and it is designed to convey organized and institutionalized information onto the commanders, and to expose them to the threats and the means of cyber defense,” said Amer.

According to Amer, who is soon finishing his command, hundreds of senior commanders will pass through this new school every year and will soon be exposed to examples of cyber networks.

The school also runs interactive exhibits which will simulate a cyber attack to the participants.

“We want to familiarize this world to the people that have not yet gotten to know it. The commanders need to understand the vulnerability of our networks, and the means of defense that are available to them,” said Amer.

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Source:: The Algemeiner

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