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Monday, December 31, 2012
Opening of National Youth Cyberwarfare Program

Opening of National Youth Cyberwarfare Program
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Monday, 31 December 2012),
at Ashkelon Academic College
http://www.ash-college.ac.il/?cmd=about_us.262
attended the opening ceremony for a national program to train young people
for cyberwarfare.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "The threat of cyberattacks against Israel
comes from Iran and other elements. Our vital systems are targets for attack
and this will only increase as we enter the digital age. We are bolstering
our ability to deal with these threats via the Israel National Cyber Bureau
http://www.pmo.gov.il/english/mediacenter/spokesman/pages/spokecyber111112.aspx
(INCB) that we established, and we are building a digital Iron Dome for
Israel. To the outstanding pupils that are studying in the special program,
I say: 'You are the future interceptors for the State of Israel.' We are one
of the world's leaders in the field of cybernetics and we must maintain this
position; therefore, we will continue to cultivate the generation of the
future."

INCB head Dr. Eviatar Matania said: "We realize that many elements in the
world are interested in Israeli minds in the field of cybernetics, as well
as in how they are developed. We must improve methods of operation and it is
our intention to do so. This program is an example of the actions that we
are advancing in the field of cybernetics in order to develop the
high-quality human capital in the State of Israel."

Following the ceremony, Prime Minister Netanyahu personally met with the
pupils in the program who showed him some of their work.

The State of Israel was one of the first in the world to understand the
importance of defending vital computer infrastructures. Given developments
in cyberspace and the rapidly increasing number of threats in the field,
Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the establishment of the INCB, which will
operate directly under him in order to be in constant contact with what is
happening on the new battle front that has opened before the state.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed the INCB that Israel must be among
the five leading countries in the world in the field of cybernetics.

The aforesaid national program is a three-year proficiency program focusing
on training and the development of expertise in the field of cybernetics and
computers among outstanding pupils, aged 16-18, from the periphery Acre,
Afula, Tel Hai, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Ashdod. The program
was established on the basis of the principle that the State of Israel has
high-quality human capital, which it is possible to lead toward excellence
in the field of cybernetics and in the understanding that developing human
capital will meet security needs and promote economic and social growth. The
plan is supported by the INCB and the IDF, in cooperation with the security
services, the Rashi Foundation, the State Lottery and the Education
Ministry.

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