Saturday, May 28, 2016

The IDF Blog: The IDF Elite Cyber Command is Perfecting its Craft at Hogwarts

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The IDF Elite Cyber Command is Perfecting its Craft at Hogwarts
Published on: April 12, 2016

A group of IDF cyber cadets recently took part in an intensive exercise that placed them in the world of Harry Potter, the famous book series by J.K. Rowling. During the exercise, the group of IDF computer wizards from the air force, navy, and infantry were split into four groups. Each group was named after one of the school houses in Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry from the series.

One of the exercises was modeled after Quidditch, the wizarding game played on flying broomsticks. Another exercise had the soldiers face off against Severus Snape and the Death Eaters. In the exercise, Snape was an insider, just like in Harry Potter. Snape launched the central attack and the Death Eaters attacked from the edges. The IDF cyber warriors had to defend against incoming attack as well as attack their fantasy invaders in return.


Now, this group of programmers will take the skills they learned fighting Voldemort to the battlefield. There, it won’t be a simulation. There could be countless attacks. They will not know when, how, or where their enemies will attack. “We can’t look our assailant in the eyes and we don’t know when he or she will attack,” said Lieutenant Colonel Eli Gal, commander of the navy’s cyber unit. “Our working assumption is he is either already here, or he’s on the way.”