Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday announced plans to form a new initiative on international cybersecurity.
During the Cyber Week conference at Tel Aviv University, Bennett called on other countries to join Israel in this venture.
“We are establishing a global cyber shield with the aim of pooling and pooling forces and resources,” the prime minister said.
Bennett stressed that many countries should unite in the new initiative, saying: “If we fight alone, we will lose, but if we fight together, we will win.”
The prime minister warned that today all industries are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, including a country’s water supply, electricity, food, planes and cars.
He said such attacks were easy to carry out and said he was “concerned” that such threats would only increase exponentially. These attacks, he said, were currently the greatest threat to the security of individual nations as well as the world as a whole.
According to Bennett, the people best equipped to deal with this type of threat are found in the private sector, particularly in Israel, where serving in the IDF can mean extensive experience in cyber intelligence.
The prime minister described Israel’s national authority against cyber terror, which works with private sector companies to protect the nation’s interests.
“This is one of the biggest threats to national security and the world in general,” Bennett said. “We need the power of the private market, combined with the power of a government.
“In Israel, we have very smart people who do military service at a very young age in the field of intelligence and who are ‘thrown’ into Israeli society at a young age with enormous capabilities,” he said.
“This is Israel’s secret, to get a group of really smart people and get them to work together… Let all these people come together and make this merger,” he said.
Bennett pointed out that 41% of all funds invested in cyber technology worldwide have gone to companies in Israel.
“Spreading ideas rather than concentrating them in one place is one of Israel’s strengths,” the prime minister said.
Bennett made millions of his own selling his own high-tech company Cyota, which specializes in online information security.