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Israel's cyber prowess, a technological double-edged sword

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Professor Isaac Ben Israel, a cyber expert, explains Israel's cybersecurity measures on i24NEWS in Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 24, 2021.
i24NEWSProfessor Isaac Ben Israel, a cyber expert, explains Israel's cybersecurity measures on i24NEWS in Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 24, 2021.

The professor explained that technologically advanced states face greater threats from cyber attacks

Professor Isaac Ben Israel, an expert who founded Israel's National Cyber Directorate, sat down with i24NEWS on Wednesday to explain how the country maintains an edge in the realm of cybersecurity.

“What really is important is not the increasing number of attacks… but the success of those attacks, and most of them, if not all of them, fail,” he said, adding, “it fails because we do certain things to counter it.”

The professor emphasized the importance of maintaining updated cyber defense strategies in a frontier which is constantly evolving.

“The rate of change is very fast… everything we did last year... in order to counter attacks... may be obsolete in a few months.”

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He explained that the more advanced a country is, the more vulnerable it is to cyber attacks, given the amount of infrastructure connected to the digital world. 

As a technologically advanced nation, Israel must therefore invest heavily in cybersecurity due to this risk, which has made the country into an industry leader.

In the first half of 2021, “45 percent of the global investment business sector… in cybersecurity” went to Israel, the professor explained.

The expert also discussed the scandal-struck Israeli firm NSO Group, and argued the company was not responsible for how its clients used its tools.

“On the other hand, you should be careful… If you export offensive cyber technology, you cannot do it without an export license,” he argued, adding that authorities are examining these permits to limit the opportunity for illegal use of offensive cyber weapons abroad.