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Iran Plans to Reinvigorate Cyber Power

 TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran announced plans to strengthen its cyber power by establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace to defend the country against cyber attacks.

 

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei tasked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the duty of establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

In a decree issued on Wednesday, the Leader enumerated the important impact of the Internet on individual and social life, the necessity of planning to prevent the damages inflicted by it and using opportunities to provide people with useful services as reasons necessitating the establishment of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

The council will establish the National Center for Cyberspace that will allow gaining complete knowledge about the activities in cyberspace on domestic and international scales and deciding how the country must address arising issues.

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace, headed by Ahmadinejad, will comprise of high-ranking Iranian officials such as the Parliament Speaker, Judiciary chief, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, and ministers of Communication and Information Technology, Culture and Islamic Guidance and Intelligence.

In February, Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam had reiterated that Iran has developed its cyber army not for offensive goals but for defensive purposes and to stop enemy cyber attacks against the country's sensitive installations.

Ahmadi Moqaddam made the remarks in a closing meeting of the First National Cyber Forum in Tehran at the time, stressing that Iran's cyber defense is preemptive.

He insisted on establishing Iran's cyber army not for offensive, but for defensive purposes just to stop attacks by enemies.

Ahmadi Moqaddam said Iran must avoid thinking of merely defensive position, because it provides the enemy with chance to attack Iran due to negligence towards offensive capability.