Netanyahu: Israel is under 3-5 cyber-attacks at any given moment

At this year’s Cyber Week conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel’s leading position in the field of global cyber security: “The prominence of Israel in the technological field and in the cyber field have made Israeli companies very, very attractive."
Netanyahu, today Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech on Monday morning during the 2017 Cyber Week conference at Tel Aviv University and commented on the security challenges Israel and the world are facing. “A few years ago I decided to establish Israel as one of the five leading cyber powers in the world and I think by all accounts, we're there," he said. "But, the jury in cyber security is always out. And it's a constant challenge."

“Cyber security is serious business,” Netanyahu explained. “It's serious business for two reasons: the first reason is that it's a serious and growing threat. And it's a growing threat everywhere because everything, every single thing is being digitized. And the distinction between hi-tech and low-tech is rapidly disappearing. And as that happens in one country after another, in one industry after another, in one critical infrastructure after another, and as we enter the world of the internet of things the need for cyber security is growing exponentially."

"We are experiencing every month dozens of cyber-attacks on the national level," the Israeli leader added. "And at any given moment, including right now, there are probably three to five attacks on the national level that emanate from various sources - the usual suspects and a few others."

"This is a problem for all governments, not only to protect their military or their security organizations or their critical infrastructure, their businesses and every single organization," he said. "There used to be a thing called the Arab boycott, remember that? Well, that's dissipated for many, many reasons, strategic and others. But the prominence of Israel in the technological field and in the cyber field have made Israeli companies very, very attractive."



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