Winds of a Cyber War

In a ceremony attended by some of the country’s major cyber security engineers and executives as well as political figures and financial leaders,  Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, inaugurated the new, state-of-the-art High-Tech Park, in the southern city of Be’er Sheva.

In his speech, Netanyahu referred to cyber and information security as a top priority for Israel, not only as a world leader in this field but also due to the reality in the region. And the reality in the region is certainly much to be concerned about at the moment and one cannot overlook the timing of this pre-planned event that took place today, while the world waits for congress to ratify U.S. President Barrack Obama’s convictions regarding the situation in Syria.

With a U.S. strike against Syrian targets in the horizon come the usual threats on Israel by Syria and Iran, followed by Netanyahu’s constant reminders that Israel will strike back if attacked.

Will striking back include a cyber attack as well? Has there been a change in the existing cyber defense doctrine? Has the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad ever trained a cyber army as he did an entire military corps for chemical warfare?

Chances are he didn’t. In that case, who are the combatants? Are they paid hackers? Ideologist hackers? Of which nationality are these groups or individuals? Are these questions even relevant in a world that is getting smaller thanks to big data analysis?

I leave it with the experts, knowing only that cyber warfare puts the civilian population on any side as well as traditional national strategic targets more vulnerable than ever before, and opens a window for sectarian, partisan, guerrilla and civilian groups to take matters in their own hands by intervening in a way scarier and more chaotic than any amphibious landing on any shore.

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One Response to Winds of a Cyber War

  1. gudguy1a says:

    Good write up.
    I am betting that Netanyahu, being the pragmatist the Israeli’s are, ‘will’ have a cyber strike lined up in conjunction with a kinetic strike if Al-Assad is that stupid. Having some kind of cyber playbook makes sense, as an extra option – especially if they can gain any kind of asymmetric edge in a skirmish / conflict / war.

    And as to Al-Assad, I am willing to bet he has gotten, maybe not an ‘army’ but some Syrian forces or cadre trained up over the past few years. And he likely gained technical assistance/training via Iranian and/or Russian aid. That is more than likely ‘very feasible’ as any leader will look to other resources who have the expertise in order to gain that expertise for that leaders’ own personnel.

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