Israel will consider restricting cyber systems export

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MOD) has assembled a new unit that will assist the Israeli cyber industry's efforts to market and export cyber systems abroad. The MOD's general manager, Mr. Udi Shani, speaking on the cyber panel at the annual Herzliya conference, said that the MOD is also considering whether to place restrictions on the export of cyber systems, given the risks associated with the misuse of cyber systems, which, if realized, might be fatal. The Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, speaking on the same panel, voiced his strong objection to imposing export restrictions, due to the negative impact such restrictions will have on the Israeli cyber industry.

Among the panelists was also the Head of the Israeli Cyber Headquarters at the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Evyatar Matanya, who revealed that the Cyber HQ is now devising a consolidated approach to Israel's cyber defense, in cooperation with stakeholders from academia and the industry. Mr. Matanya emphasized the importance of international cyber-alliances and expressed the necessity for national infrastructures for cyber research, noting that significant budgets were already set aside for this purpose.

Source: Calcalist (in Hebrew, by Meir Orbach)