Israel’s new cybersecurity czar, Yigal Palmor, was a former IDF officer who served in the military and the IDF. Now he’s going to head the Israeli cybersecurity department
By Yigali Palmor The Israeli government’s new cyber czar will soon be leading the country’s new national security agency.
Yigal Palmmor, who served as IDF cyber-warfare chief from 2010 until his retirement last year, will become the countrys chief cybersecurity officer, the government announced Thursday.
Palmor, the IDF chief of cyber-security and chief cyber-operations chief from 2011 to 2014, was the first Israeli cyber czarm in the field and was appointed as IDF chief cyberwarfare officer in January.
Palmmor, a former army officer who joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 2002, was one of several former military officers who have been hired as IDF chiefs of cyber and operations, which is part of the ministry’s new civilian cybersecurity and cyberoperations command.
In addition to his military career, Palmmor also served as director of the cyberwar program at the Central Command in 2009, the same year the IDF deployed an Israeli military cyber-weapon to Iran, the first time the country had used such a weapon.
Palmel is an Israeli citizen and has dual Israeli and US citizenship.
He previously served as a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Israeli military’s cyber intelligence team.