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Israel raises up a young army of cyber warriors against foreign threats

Israel raises up a new cyber army, already at school. The Education Minister Bennett announced an innovative program for high school seniors with National Cyber Directorate: 100 students will become hackers and 240 cyber protectors

Israel raises up a new cyber army, already at school. The Education Minister Naftali Bennett, as Israel Hayom reported, announced an innovative program for high school seniors interested in pursuing careers in software engineering. It will be closely coordinated with the Israel National Cyber Directorate in the prime minister’s office. In the 2018-2019 school year, it will train 100 seniors to become computer hackers and another 240 12th grade students to become cyber protectors. The lessons in both programs will be taught by experts in cyber technology and cyber warfare. At the end of the course next spring, students will analyze the cybersecurity systems at their schools and make their own recommendations on preventing information leaks.

The new “cyber warriors” will protect Israel with IDF against the foreign cyber threats. Especially cyber warfare and espionage

“For the first time, students in the education system will receive the tools to defend the State of Israel online,” said Bennet, quoted by Israel Hayom. “One of the greatest threats today isn’t necessarily military in nature, but rather digital. All the systems we use are controlled by computers; therefore, hacking them for classified information means real harm to Israel’s ability to function.” The minister called the students “Israel’s cyber warriors,” saying they will stand alongside the IDF’s elite fighting forces in protecting the country. “They are the tip of the spear on the modern battlefield, and I trust them to courageously defend those assets that belong to all of us,” he explained.

The Israel Hayom article

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