Iran needs to develop own network to fight cyber attacks

TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (MNA) – Director of Passive Defense Organization has said that Iran needs to develop its own network infrastructure in order to build up defense against cyber attacks.

Gholam Reza Jalali made the remarks during an expert panel discussion about passive defense held on the sidelines of the First National Conference on Cyber Defense in Tehran on Sunday.

“Security cannot be protected in the cyberspace using the enemies’ tools. Hardware, software, and protocols which have been developed by the enemies in the cyberspace cannot be used against them, so indigenous knowledge of defense should be acquired in the country,” he stated.

“In line with this, there is good scientific potential in the country that should be utilized,” he noted.

He added that there is a need to draw up a major cyber defense model which would include four components: contents and social network, defense network against threats, offence, and cyber defense industry.

Over the recent years, Iran has been the target of several cyber attacks.

In September 2010, international news agencies reported that the Stuxnet worm, which is capable of taking over power plants, had infected many industrial sites in Iran.

Iranian officials confirmed that some Iranian industrial systems had been targeted by a cyber attack, but insisted that no crashes or serious damage to the country’s industrial computer systems had been reported and said Iranian engineers had rooted out the problem.

In April 25, 2011, Iranian officials announced that the country had been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars.

Later, news agencies reported that another computer worm, namely Duqu, has targeted some Iranian organizations and companies.

In December 14, 2011, Jalali confirmed the news reports and said that the computer worm has not spread through the computer systems of state organizations.

In addition, he said Iranian experts have indentified Duqu and developed an anti-virus software program to clean up infected systems.










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