New Cyber Directorate in Mafat

Director General of Israel's Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Udi Shani, announces establishment of new layout, “cyber changes everything we knew in the past about decisiveness”

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Udi Shani, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, announced the establishment of a new cyber directorate at Mafat (the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure). The new directorate will concentrate cyber R&D activities for the various branches of the Israeli defense establishment, and will work to cultivate the industry's cyber capabilities.

According to Shani, “cyber changes everything we once knew concerning decisiveness – there are no physical borders and it isn’t always a country that you are facing. Cyber is not just the web, but every technological product found in the defense establishment or in civilian use.”

Last month, the IDF announced the establishment of a new cyber HQ focusing on all aspects of cyber warfare. "There are few militaries that have such a thing. This is part of the IDF's operational readiness, to allow for conventional operational continuity based on cybernetic activity,” said an officer in the IDF's Cyber layout.

“The HQ makes it possible to understand the momentary and developing situation picture and command the cyber field in the IDF, while cooperating with the Tehila (governmental internet infrastructure) system, the E-Government project, and the Cyber Security Authority. It is a defensive nervous center. The HQ has advanced monitoring capabilities, as well as guidance and operation capabilities in the cyber field, and will allow the branches of the IDF to organize their defense. The HQ will be active 24/7, and will monitor global activity in the cyber field, which can influence IDF activity.”