Netanyahu: Israel One of Five Leading Countries in Cyber Security

June 21, 2018

by: Itay Blumenthal

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PM Netanyahu at the cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv

Thursday, 21 June 2018 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday addressed the 8th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University, which is being attended by Israeli and foreign cyber experts, diplomats and security officials.

Netanyahu’s address included a simulated cyberattack. He said his goal eight years ago was to turn Israel into one of the five leading countries in the world in cybersecurity. “We have achieved that and even more,” he said.

“We have unbelievable opportunities and we’re realizing them, and at the same time we have unbelievable challenges and we must confront them,” the prime minister told the audience. “There will be no silver bullet. It doesn’t exist. There will be no solution that stops hermetically any country or even the majority of attacks. It’s not going to happen.

“We monitor the attacks on Beersheva. You should go and see the CERT center. We can monitor quite a bit. We can stop quite a bit. But the only way we can address this enormous challenge to enormous opportunities is to keep running ahead, to be ahead faster and faster and faster. This is a supreme test for our civilization. It is going to be tested not only by criminal organizations, by terrorists, but by other states.

“We have to combine forces. This is why we’re holding this cyber conference here. It is to protect the present and ensure the future, no less than that. I welcome you to come to Israel. You couldn’t have come to a better place for cybersecurity. We want your business.”

Posted on June 21, 2018

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published in Ynetnews on 20 June 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO