“Israel isn’t ready enough to face cyber threats. Its critical infrastructure are well defended, but in other areas, where organizations are not guided by the SHABAK (Central Security Services) and other such agencies, the protection levels are mediocre or less”, said Erez Krainer, former head of RAM, the National information security unit, which is a part of SHABAK.
Krainer, who is currently the president of FIVE C, a cyber solutions company, spoke in a recent CISO forum event, Organized by People and Computers and hosted by Avi Weisman, CEO of SEE Security.
In Krainer’s opinion, the first step toward improving Information security was already t”aken: the awareness of threats have increased. however “The understanding that security is as integral in organizations as operations has not yet been thoroughly implemented. Information security is an inherent part of gas or electric supply in some companies, who do not understand this – and until they do, the situation is not likely to improve.”
The RAM unit was launched in 2002 and since then has been mapping the Israeli Market and economy, to decide on what are the critical infrastructres and who are the companies that deal with them. As a rule, Krainer says that “Many managers I met with told me that they feel ‘it wouldn’t happen to them’. One such case was in a chemical plant in the north. The management told me that they made many backups since they deal with chemicals. Day after that conversation, a massive explosion happend in the plant. After that explosion, the 2nd call they made was for me – asking if a drill we performed went bad. This is a good example of understanding the scope of threats.”
“I’ve been travelling in the world this past year and I see that there’s a thirst for Israeli cyber knowledge. We’re ahead in the field”, He said, and explained it by Israel’s being in a bad neighborhood so to speak: “It makes us a lighthouse for a foreign firms and organization”.
Krainer concluded that “as a method, not to way for an attack, but instead channel the attacker to where it’s convenient to deal with him, since it’s easier. The attacker will try to go to places where less work is required. Saving resources is a thing that your opponent also cares about”.