by: Janet Aslin
Friday, 23 July 2021 | Tel Aviv University’s annual Cyber Week wrapped up five days of roundtable discussions, workshops and addresses by some of the world’s most prominent cyber experts and researchers on Thursday. Over the past decade, the event has become one of the most prestigious cybersecurity events in the world.
As the world has become increasingly digital, it has also become vulnerable to cyberattacks. It would be difficult to name one economic or governmental activity in developed nations that does not require some type of computer database support. In addition, computer systems contain highly sensitive personal information that can impact everything from our bank accounts to our identities themselves.
Out of necessity, Israel has become a global leader in protecting itself from hostile cyberattacks. Yigal Unna, head of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, which is responsible for the nation’s cyber defense, told attendees that cyberattacks are on the rise. This is one of the top threats to security in Israel and also in the world.
Currently Israel cooperates with 90 countries in the area of cybersecurity. But the powerhouse nation has its eye toward increasing that level of cooperation. In his address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett introduced Israel’s plans for a “global network shield” that will be an “online, real-time global network defense.”
Bennett invited nations to join with Israel in establishing the shield that will provide cybersecurity when a threat is uncovered. When that happens, participants will “alert, investigate, together develop a ‘vaccine’ and disperse the ‘vaccine’ to all countries in the network.”
The prime minister, himself a successful businessman in the field of cybersecurity before entering politics, called on the audience to band together with Israel against the growing threats from hackers and cyber terrorists. Bennett reminded his listeners that there is strength in unity, saying, “If we fight alone—we will lose, but if we fight together—we will win.”
Posted on July 23, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 23, 2021)
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