the bad guys are winning, attacking is easier than defending and the key to coping in the cyber world is innovation – these are some of the insights Estee Peshin, head of cyber systems in the IAI – Alta, talked about at the 14th Herzliya Conference.
Peshin spoke during 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 National Council for Research and Development (MOLMOP) in the Ministry of Science. The panel was hosted by Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, chairman of the MOLMOP.
“The hacker is our problem,” said Peshin, and added that “There are three reasons why he wins: First, there is the problem of false identities. Cyber Identities are easy to create: we created a young English woman – Within 48 hours she had 100 friends who invited her to parties and asked her questions. The character was perceived as real in the social networks. The second problem is the Big Data, since the multitude of information makes it difficult to locate transactions. Another challenge is that most of the cyber world is encrypted. Most cyber related traffic is controlled by corporations and they prefer the security needs of countries over the privacy of users. ”
She noted that “cyber is not necessarily a revolution, but a development of previous practices, for example from the field of electronic warfare. It broadens our capabilities. One of the things we’re trying to do is to take previous operating task fields and copy our actions to the cyber field.”
“The industry realizes that the key to tackling cyber is innovation,” added Peshin. “Israel has an amazing startup scene. The IAI collaborates with startups and acts as a sort of “big sister” to them. We help these companies reach new markets, we assist them in installing their products and assume responsibility over their products as well.”
Peshin concluded by stating that the IAI launched 2 external R&D centers for cyber – “the first, with Cyberia, is for intelligence and defensive needs. The 2nd one is located in Singapore.”