Cabinet Briefed on the Israel National Cyber Bureau
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
The Cabinet, today (Sunday, 11 November 2012), was briefed by Israel
National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania on the activity of the
Bureau, which was established at the beginning of the year by decision of
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
INCB head Dr. Matania briefed ministers on the main actions that have been
carried out to advance the technology and the human capital in developing
cybernetic capabilities, and presented the work being done with other
sectors in the economy to strengthen cyber security, especially the growing
links with the world's leading countries in the field. "This is a broad
threat to human society. While this is a challenge to the state, it is also
an economic opportunity. The more we invest in academia and industry, the
greater the return we will receive, from both economic and security
perspectives," Dr. Matania said.
National Economic Council Chairman Prof. Eugene Kandel added, "Cyber
security is an excellent example of a field in which the Government can and
must be involved in order to strengthen inter-ministerial cooperation and
create a new growth engine for the economy."
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "Israel is a significant force in cyberspace.
We are advancing, mainly on the problem of defending the modern state. Just
as we developed the unprecedented Iron Dome system that successfully
intercepts missiles, thus we are developing a kind of 'digital Iron Dome' in
order to defend the country against attacks on our computer systems. The
INCB is designed – first and foremost – to organize defensive capabilities
based on cooperation between three elements – security capability, the
business community and the academic world."