TEL AVIV, BM, ($1=3,24 shekels) – Israel will establish the first cybersecurity consortium on Israeli territory through the joint efforts of several companies in the field. These companies are Rafael, IEC, Tashan, Waterfall Security, Trapx, MobileGroup, Radiflow, CyberPro, XMCyber, Cervello, and Cynerio. The news was officially announced in Dubai, where the international cybersecurity exhibition GISEC Global 2021 is being held.
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The state and private companies are coming together to deliver high-tech cybersecurity services, relying on the know-how and experience of Israeli defense companies, said Roy Yarom, economic director at Israel’s National Cyber Directorate.
The new consortium is expected to produce a service that provides excellent security in cyberspace, is flexible, and meets modern requirements in this area. According to Gideon Weiss, vice president at Rafael, Israel has a rich cyber ecosystem and expects new knowledge and protection technologies. Israel has a tradition of cybersecurity, and over the years, private companies have proven their ability to face severe cyber threats.
The leading role that the new cyber consortium expects to play is to deal with hackers hired through private or public procurement and independent ones. In this way, Israel hopes to protect better various areas of the economy – transport, oil and gas supplies, water installations, energy infrastructure, and more.
Experience in cyberattacks
Last year, on May 9, the cargo flow in the port of the Iranian Shahid Rajay suddenly stopped: all the computers serving this port usually stopped working.
A day later, the head of the Iranian Port Authority, Mohammad Rastad, said that in recent days Israel had launched a hacker attack against Shahid Rajay. “The cyberattack could not break through the protection of the Port Authority computer system, but it damaged the systems of private companies operating in the port. We pay significant attention to the issues of multilayer computer security; we will constantly improve it,” he said.
Rastad said that the attack could not interfere with the regular operation of the port and emphasized that it would not affect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. He also made it clear that behind the hackers is a state hostile to Iran.
At the same time, a foreign expert said that the Israeli attack was “very accurate,” and the damage to the Iranian port was more severe than stated in official reports of the Iranian Port Authority.
The Washington Post published satellite images showing that on May 9-12, long traffic jams formed at the entrances to the port of Shahid Rajai, which, as a rule, did not happen in the past.
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