IDF holds surprise defense drill simulating cyber-attacks

IDF holds surprise defense drill simulating cyber-attacks

The IDF on Wednesday launched a surprise defense exercise to examine its operations and actions during a significant cyber-attack and in case of a shutdown of main information systems.

“The exercise is a significant part of the IDF’s concept of cyber defense and enables the development and learning of defense entities in dealing with an inter-branch cyber event,” head of the Joint Cyber Defense Division, Brig. Gen. D said.

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The drill was held in all major IDF HQ’s. Hundreds of stations and main systems, including the computer systems of senior officers and command centers, were shut-down for learning purposes.

War rooms, control and monitoring systems, information, command and control systems and official offices were also shut down during the drill.

The design and execution of the drill in real-time was carried out by a small team of experts from the IDF Cyber Defense Unit.

Israeli officials have warned that Iran and its proxies are working to develop advanced cyber attack capabilities.