Friday 22 July 2022 until 14:40
(Written by Abdul Razzaq Tribeq)
Tel Aviv – The need for cyber security to protect systems, networks and data is increasing around the world, with the acceleration of the digital transformation of societies and various economic and social activities, and it is also surrounded by the risks of a high frequency from electronic attacks, fraud and piracy.
Recent studies report an alarming increase in war and cybercrime, and estimate that by 2025 the associated damages will reach $10.5 trillion annually worldwide.
These electronic attacks often aim to gain access to sensitive information in order to steal or destroy it, disrupt networks or obtain funds, and this puts a high demand by governments and companies for cyber solutions, to protect infrastructure, equipment, facilities , protect various economic and financial systems and others. .
Ran Natanzon, Director of the Department of Information Systems and Innovation at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement to the Maghreb Arab News Agency, on the sidelines of a delegation of international journalists’ visit to Tel Aviv, that “governments require to spend more to protect networks and information systems, and to invest in cyber science research and human teams.” To use these tools effectively.
In Israel, data from the cybersecurity industry shows that a record number of transactions were achieved in 2021, reaching a record level of 8.8 billion dollars.
Major General Mathematician Yitzhak Ben-Israel, who is known as the father of the Israeli cyber industry program, said in his meeting with a delegation of international journalists: “By using the Internet, everyone is exposed. Data is visible to many, and funds are exposed, as well as personal life, health and security, in addition to the activities of government departments.”
He adds that Israel has set itself to be “among the five major powers in the world in the field of cyber industry and to establish itself as an electronic power. That is why we have established an electronic research center in every university, and today we study cyber security in secondary schools.”
This great interest in the cyber sector is clearly visible in the remarkable development of the new technological pole in the city of Beersheba in the Negev desert, which currently includes more than 70 large companies employing approximately 2,500 people, most of whom are IT- engineers are.
Ran Natanzon says the strategic plan for the coming years expects this pole to consist of 15 smart buildings, providing ten thousand jobs in artificial intelligence and information engineering, and many advanced centers for research and innovation and for warning and response to computer attacks, some which is supervised by specialized teams of the army.
Within this pool in the city of Beersheba are the electronic units of the army and major Israeli companies in the field, in particular the software companies CheckPoint, Nir Zuk’s Palo Alto Networks, SentinelOne and Cybereason, in addition to centers of major international companies such as Google, Intel, Microsoft and others.
Ran Natazon adds that the Beersheba center will complement the other centers in Tel Aviv and Haifa, which aims to make Israel one of the world’s largest cyber centers.
He also pointed out that this trend will strengthen the strength of the scientific research and development sector, which in Israel represents 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product (2021), knowing that the per capita share of the gross domestic product amounted to in the fourth quarter. from 2021 to about 44 thousand and 214 dollars.
He adds that this rate makes Israel first globally in the field of scientific research and development intensity, and globally fifth in the density of modern technologies (given the population), while the share of Israeli exports in the field of high technology has reached about 54. percent in 2021. As for the percentage of workers in the high-tech sector, it reached 10.4 percent of the total workforce in 2021.
In order to develop the Beersheba center, the Israel Cyberspace Directorate offers support to companies moving to the area.
From the same city, the Cyber Incidents Management Center manages the “Iron Dome in Cyber Defense” project, which works to monitor and detect various cyber attacks that completely target all infrastructure facilities in Israel.
Roy Yarom, Executive Director of Policy and Strategy at the Israeli Department of Cyber Security, said in a statement to the Maghreb Arab News Agency that the “Iron Dome in Cyber Defense” project will provide comprehensive protection for economic and administrative facilities. offers and even personal computers, in a way that improves the defense of Israeli cyberspace and strengthens its shield structure and confrontation.
Rom Yarom emphasizes that the Internet will inevitably become one of the dimensions of the future war, if not the most important one.
He says everyone should take cyber security seriously because cyber criminals target not only government agencies and private institutions, but also employees, ordinary people and even children and minors because they are the most vulnerable sectors of society.
On the other hand, he pointed out that there are promising opportunities for cooperation between Morocco and Israel in the cyber field and digital technology for an open, reliable, safe and stable cyberspace.
Yarom highlighted promising opportunities for cooperation in the academic and scientific fields, research and development, in addition to the exchange of information and skills, the exchange of students and the organization of joint research.
He also emphasized the importance of improving information exchange to respond to common global threats, and to implement standards of responsible behavior in cyberspace.
In view of the important development of the cyber security sector in Israel, the number of transactions it achieves and the increasing polarization it is witnessing worldwide, a regular annual international meeting is dedicated to it under the name of “Cyber last session was hosted by Tel Aviv University in June last year, in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This week is an international event that provides an opportunity for experts from industry, government, defense and academia to share their knowledge on challenges and opportunities in this area, issues of cyber attacks, damage to critical infrastructure of countries, public spending on discuss information. technology, the rate of spending on cyber protection and the breach of privacy.
According to the results of one of the studies presented during the last session of this conference, cybersecurity spending aimed at data protection and information risk management is expected to reach $172 billion worldwide in 2022.
Another study reported that cybercrime has increased dramatically during the Covid 19 pandemic, and online fraud has increased by more than 400 percent in 2020 compared to previous years, and fraudulent messages have dramatically doubled as Google more than 18 million malicious e- blocked mails and phishing. pandemic, it includes scams, theft and also the implantation of malicious tracking and spyware.