“The state must brace itself for cyber attacks and for cyber defense,” said retired Magistrate Yosef Shapira. According to Shapira, “the keyword in the current generation is innovation, and the motto organizations in this field should therefore follow is: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
“Innovation is the key word in this generation we’re in, and it should be thus all the time and everywhere. We are entering new arenas – with the cyber arena being the leading one. The government, as well as each and every organization in the state, must all adapt themselves to this new era,” said the State Comptroller, retired Magistrate, Mr. Yosef Shapira.
Shapira was the honorary guest in the semi-annual conference of the IIA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Israel. The conference was organized by People and Computers. Hundreds of pros in the field were among the visitors, and the conference was led by Doron Ronen, and Doron Rosenblum, CPAs, both Vice Presidents at the IIA of Israel.
According to the State Comptroller “the motto that should lead organizations in the field of innovation is “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” This means every day is an opportunity to be novel, to accomplish new things and to get in the groove of this new era.”
In an interview he gave to People/Computers, Magistrate Shapira stressed the duty of the state to brace itself for cyber age, “as attackers as well as on the defense.” He stated that he “made reference to both in two reports which I placed on the Knesset and the government’s desks over the last several months.”
In a report dated this last October, the Comptroller found several inconsistencies in business continuity plans of the Bank of Israel, the Treasury and the Israel Securities Authority. He established that the emergency guidelines are based on partial information, the work distribution amongst the organizations is unclear, and the existing work plans are conflicting.
The Comptroller referred to this in an additional report which was released several weeks ago. In this report the Comptroller warns of the security gaps of the E-government structure and its IT systems. “The security provided is below the standards, regulations and guidelines required for the operation of an e-government in general and the computer rooms more specifically,” he asserted. “Steps must be taken immediately to diminish the imminent danger to human life in the main website, and more particularly to those in the e-government workforce.”