Iran Practices Cyber Defense During Naval Drills

Iran Rear Admiral Rastegari

For the first time, Iranian Naval forces included a cyber attack scenario during maritime military drills. According to Iran’s Press TV, their Navy’s Cyber Defense group successfully detected and blocked a simulated attack against navy systems.

During six days of simulated naval defense drills, called Velayat 91, Iranian ships practiced defending coastal waters against suspected invasion tactics. Though not mentioned, the drills were obviously intended to give Iran’s navy practice against a possible attack by American warships.

But this year, the drills included a cyber war scenario putting their Naval Cyber Defense group through the paces. Iran’s Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told reporters that during the drill, aggressive forces launched a cyber attack against the computer network of defensive forces in order to infiltrate the network and hack information or spread viruses.

According to Admiral Rastegari, the Navy’s Cyber Defense is tasked with monitoring all naval system and detects “all cyber infiltration and immediately takes necessary measures to counter them.

And apparently the group successfully stop the simulated red team attack.

But after how successful Stuxnet was in the past, I am curious how well the group would do against a real American cyber attack. Especially attacks that would likely coincide with other forms of electronic warfare and include the full force of American sea, air and land units if we did invade.

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