Yael Shahar, co-director of the Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict,discusses Iranian cyber capabilities as the regime prepares to inaugurate a new president. Over the past three years, the Islamic republic has invested heavily in cyber offense and defense, and has reportedly launched a $1 billion program to acquire new infrastructure and create a new cadre of cyber experts. Tehran has also boasted about maintaining a citizen "cyber army" to target the regime's enemies.
About The Speaker
Yael Shahar Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict
Yael Shahar is co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict, an international think tank focusing on trends in warfare and low intensity conflict.
Formerly Ms. Shahar headed the database project at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel. She designed the ICT terrorist connections database and the terrorist incidents database, used for tracking links between terrorist individuals, front companies, and organizations.
Ms. Shahar specializes in the study of technological trends as applied to terrorism and low intensity conflict. She lectures on terrorism trends, non-conventional terrorism, and threat assessment at the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, as well as security conferences and seminars worldwide.
Ms. Shahar also conducts venue-specific threat assessments for commercial clients, and assists non-profit organizations in carrying out site surveys and vulnerability assessments, using a unique threat/risk algorithm.
Her background is in physics, database design, and security and installation protection. She served as a reservist in the IDF hostage rescue unit, and as a sniper in Israel's Border Guard "Matmid" units.
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Non-conventional terrorism: Challenge and Response." PP. 361-380. Countering Modern Terrorism, History, Current Issues and Future Threats. Proceedings of the Second International Security Conference. Berlin 15-17 December 2005. W. Bertelsmann Verlag. 2005.
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