Israel’s government on Monday ordered communications firms to step up their cyber security efforts in the wake of a rise in attempted hacking attacks, Reuters news agency reported.
New regulations are currently being implemented in which mandatory and unified standards will have to be met, the Communications Ministry and Israel’s National Cyber Directorate said.
Israel keen to set up cyber 'Iron Dome' to curb rise in attacks
— Cyber Security (@cybersec4u) May 2, 2022
Under the new rules, firms must formulate plans to protect 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 privacy.
“We are trying to put the right standard on communications companies in order to protect Israel and create a kind of ‘Iron Dome’ from cyber security attacks. We are suffering from thousands of cyber attacks every year,” Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel told a news conference.
Hendel said that risks continued to mount, along with more digitization.
"Your former boss Obama reportedly carried out a wave of cyber attacks against Iran..that's not including all those assassinations of nuclear scientists..which the Obama administration never condemned Israel for."
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 13, 2021
According to cyber security firm Check Point CHKP.O, there was a 137% annual jump in average weekly attacks on Israeli companies, to nearly 1,500 per week, in the first three months of 2022.
Gaby Portnoy, Israel’s new cyber security czar, said in the last month alone, Israel had seen a sharp rise in attacks trying to bring down websites. He accused Iranians of carrying out many of the attacks.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)