IAI developing cyber defence-related activities
In recent months the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has increased its cyber defence-related activities. Esti Peshin, director of the company’s cyber section and a veteran of the IDF’s hush-hush sigint Unit 8200, has been quoted that IAI is now developing solutions for clients in Israel and abroad.
The cyber section, based at the IAI subsidiary Elta, was launched in August 2013. “We have a national responsibility to be independent in this area. Israeli defence industries have to take lead role. We have the infra- structure and platforms to take the lead.”
Peshin told The Turkish Weekly that Israel’s – and other countries’ — critical networks were vulnerable even if not linked to the Internet. “A disk-on-key can be given to an employee, who then plugs it into a system. It can broadcast information. It takes less than 30 seconds for a disk-on-key to go through all of the contents of a computer.”
Peshin warned that cyber threats have become more substantial, and that a competent and well-organised attacker can bring a country to a standstill, shutting off its power grid and traffic lights, or paralysing an airport. Such cyber attacks can be launched without the perpetrator being traced, thus making effective deterrence impossible. SP