The threat is real and imminent. A cyber attack on Israeli infrastructure may include air traffic control installations.
In recent weeks, Israel has been under a constant cyber attack and the government has ordered the general security service to take every necessary step to counter this.
The National Cyber Defence Authority (NCDA), which is responsible for protecting Israel’s national infrastructures against cyber attacks, will assume protection of banks and mobile carriers. Sources said that air traffic control is also included on the list.
Israeli officials consider the cyber attacks as an act of war and some were quoted saying that “an enemy should be treated like an enemy”. This means that the proper Israeli organisations will try and locate the source of the attacks, and make an effort to neutralise it.
As it looks now, this is an all-out war, and concerns are high as the signs show that vital national installations are targeted almost daily.
The Israeli ATC system works very closely with that of the Israeli air force (IAF). Therefore any attempt to disrupt one of them will affect the other and may cause chaos, with “very extreme scenarios”.
So the decision made in recent days is to mobilise all the assets that Israel has, to defend vital Israeli systems, including its ATC system, from organised or sporadic cyber attack.
What is very clear is that many of the budgets that were traditionally channelled to the deployment of advanced systems aimed at defending Israel from attacks, either by missiles, rockets or enemy aircraft, will now be rerouted to the new cyber war.