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Israel Needs to Be ‘Pro-Active’ in Cyber Warfare, Barak Says

June 06, 2012

Israel needs to be “pro-active” in cyber-warfare, moving from a defensive posture to a comprehensive security approach, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

The government will establish a “war room” to implement that approach and assess threats and strategy during major attacks, said Evyatar Matanya, head of the new National Cyber Directorate. The two officials spoke today at a conference on cyber-security at Tel Aviv University.

“We need to switch to a proactive system, in which we don’t just react to attacks,” Barak said, comparing the development of destructive software to the introduction of the army tank.

Iran accused Israel of creating the Stuxnet computer worm last year to sabotage its nuclear facilities. Israeli officials have declined to confirm or deny the country was involved in the cyber-attack.

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