Electromagnetic Warfare

Colonel Avraham Cohen, Head of National Security Cyber Research Group and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Sphere-SOC based in Israel, participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Electromagnetic Warfare”.

Overview

As the digital global age depends on the digital infrastructure and digital connectivity, individuals as well as entities across each nation: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) today increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems. Now, when any weapon gives our opponents or enemies the ability to use the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum and its signals to deny us the ability to use these signals for our digital infrastructure, digital connectivity, and digital initiatives, it becomes a cause of great concern.

Since the electromagnetic threat scenarios seem to be real and growing, there is no doubt that “electromagnetic warfare” (EW) is here.

It seems that the world is already changing in many unforeseen ways and computer code, connected computers and internet has connected cyberspace to geospace and space. Today, irrespective of individuals and entities across NGIOA, we are living in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts. Amidst that understanding each warfare, both existing as well as emerging, from cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) has become a survival necessity.

So, when the electromagnetic warfare seems already on our door steps, it is important to evaluate how to meet the complex warfare challenges that is threatening the very progress, individuals and entities across nations: its governments, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) have made in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).

It is therefore important that we understand and evaluate this further:

  • What is electromagnetic warfare?
  • Are electromagnetic attacks already happening?
  • Who is the target? Is everyone, irrespective of individuals and entities across NGIOA a target?
  • Why is the problem of electromagnetic warfare growing so rapidly? Are the attacks that easy to pull off?
  • While we have had electronic systems for so many years, did we always face the EM attacks or is this something that is just emerging?
  • Irrespective of NGIOA, is all digitally controlled infrastructure a target today across CGS?
  • How resilient is respective nation’s infrastructure in cyberspace, geospace and space to EW attacks?
  • What can individuals and entities across NGIOA do to protect their electronic infrastructure?
  • What steps can be taken to protect against EM weapons?
  • Are we prepared for electromagnetic war?
  • Who is accountable for electronic warfare across nations?
  • How vulnerable is our critical infrastructure operations to electromagnetic spectrum?
  • While both the public and private infrastructure across CGS seems to be under attack, are the electromagnetic attacks more of a concern for military, public entities, private entities or individuals?
  • What steps are taken to defend against such EM attacks individually and collectively by nations?
  • How well prepared are respective nations to address today’s EM threats?
  • What needs to be done to improve respective nations EM defense posture?

Conclusion

Electromagnetic warfare is undoubtedly becoming a major cause of concern, and the issue is likely to become even more prominent for entities across NGIOA in the coming years. Time is now to talk about Electromagnetic Warfare risks!


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About the Guest

Colonel Avraham Cohen, is the Head of National Security Cyber Research Group and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Sphere-SOC based in Israel. He recently retired from IDF with 29 years of experience as a commander at C5I Branch. He has lead, command, developed & managed IT & EW & communication systems. He has also planned & created new concepts for the IDF (cyber defense, spectrum warfare, operational continuity etc.).

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