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

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