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Iran to extend cyber defense to industrial sites

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, chairman of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization (background-C), addresses a meeting held to honor the country’s industrial cyber security performance, in Tehran, Iran, on November 10, 2020. (Photo by IRNA)

Iran’s Passive Defense Organization says it has devised a plan to extend cyber defense operations to the Iranian industries that rely on cyberspace.

The organization’s chairman, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, announced during a meeting on Tuesday that the body had drawn up a plan to conduct preventive cyber defense operations covering nearly 150 sites.

He said the plan was pending approval by the National Cyberspace Center.

Jalali said infrastructure was being developed to extend passive defense to industrial towns. All industrial towns, he said, must be equipped with an emergency response plan in case they face a cyber threat.

The Iranian official said that in the current threat analysis, Iran faced the so-called maximum pressure campaign, under which the United States has dropped the military option against Iran as ineffective and adopted the strategy of taking any offensive measure against the country short of war.

The enemy would now seek to target critical Iranian infrastructure and disrupt their services with an objective of creating popular discontent.

Jalali also said that guidelines had been prepared for all executive organizations in Iran about their responsibilities and necessary preparations in the area of passive defense. All such organizations should launch at least one passive defense drill every year in coordination with the Passive Defense Organization, the Iranian official said.

During the same meeting, Asqar Mosaheb, a member of the board of directors of the country’s Small Industries and Industrial Estates Organization, said Iranian industrial sites had been ranked by significance and would receive due passive defense cover.

Mosaheb said 900 registered sites had been designated as key spots, where passive defense precautions were absolutely necessary.

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