“two important trends in recent years are that Israel is promoting itself in the field of cyber; And the slowly seeping world recognition that cyber is not just information security”, Said Major General (res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, chairman of the MOLMOP (National Council for Research and Development), who hosted a panel on “Israeli Cyber Innovation”, held during to the 14th Herzliya Conference that was organized in conjunction with the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop, Tel Aviv University and the MOLMOP in the Ministry of Science.
He noted that “we use computers intensively for many years now, and always had to protect the information in them, but since Stuxnet, three paradigms were discovered as false, that must be tossed aside: the first is that the threat of cyber is valid only for information. Stuxnet caused physical damage to centrifuges. many things, such as electrical systems, trains or traffic lights, are vulnerable. The second paradigm is that a computer is not only what we call a computer. Phones and controllers, for example those who maintain the rotational speed of the centrifuges in Iran , are computers. One has to look on the term ‘computer’ in a broader sense. The third paradigm and most surprising is that the original attack does not have to be online. There are many ways to infect – through hardware, software updates or USB flash drives. ”
“We are in the midst of a revolution,” concluded Professor Ben Israel. “As we become increasingly dependent on computers, more and more weak points will surface in every aspect of our life, including the ability to strike at essential systems.”