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Israel is stepping up its cyber defense: what the Iron Dome is doing against hackers


The Israeli government has ordered communications companies to step up their cyber security efforts following an increase in cyberattack attempts.

New regulations are currently being implemented in which mandatory and unified standards will have to be met, the Israeli Ministry of Communications and the National Cyber ​​Directorate said.

Under the new rules, companies need to formulate plans to protect their communications networks using a combination of monitoring and control mechanisms to make it possible to establish an up-to-date picture of cyber protection while ensuring confidentiality.

“We are trying to set the right standard for communications companies to protect Israel and create a kind of ‘Iron Dome’ against cyber security attacks. We suffer thousands of cyber attacks every year, “said Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel.

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Israel uses an Iron Dome air defense system to intercept missiles fired by Palestinian militants, mostly from Gaza.

Hendel said the risks continued to rise, along with more digitization.

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“Communications networks are an attractive target for cyberattacks by hostile elements,” Hendel said, citing potential damage or service outages and leaking stored information.

According to the cyber security firm Check Point (CHKP.O), there was a 137% annual increase in the average weekly attacks on Israeli companies, to almost 1,500 per week, in the first three months of 2022.

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Gaby Portnoy, Israel’s new cyber security tsar, said that in the last month alone, Israel has seen a sharp rise in attacks trying to destroy websites. He accused the Iranians of carrying out many of the attacks.

Last month, he said, a denial-of-service attack aimed at destroying government sites began with telecommunications providers, but eventually failed.

Portnoy said that Israeli telecommunications companies have very good cyber security, but that the new regulations, which include a higher level of surveillance, would be an improvement.

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