The National Cyber Skirmish conducted by the national Cyber Bureau, is a stepping stone in the bureau’s capabilities and operations. People and Computers discovered that the skirmish, ‘Magic Cycle 1′, reflects the completion of the second phase in the building of the Israeli cyber defensive structure.
The first phase is dated back to December 2011, when the government approved Dr. Evyatar Matanya as the head of the national Cyber Bureau (NCB). The NCB’s role is to build an inter organizational joint venture, between both civil and security agencies, to take care of the matter.
The Exercise tested the key factors in the government’s preparations for dealing with a significant cyber event in the state level. People and Computers learned that during this passing year the NCB was making efforts to build a central command center in Beer Sheva – using a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) – a team that will supply immediate response to cyber security events in government organizations. The center is called CRIST -Computer Security Incident Response Team.
The Skirmish was part of a comprehensive program formulated by the NCB, which includes exercises in the national, sectoral, and international scales. The exercises are meant to test the cooperation between the various parties, including security units, the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water, the Bank of Israel and Communications agencies both in the government and the IDF. The drill was focused on decision making at the state level, and it supplied much needed practice for senior staff, In order to further enhance the awareness for the need of mechanisms that deal with cyber events of national scale.
Dr. Matanya told the participants of the drill that “we must be prepared for every and any scenario. We’ll keep exercising the relevant agencies and organizations to raise the level of Israel’s readiness in this complex and ever changing reality.”