Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 - 21 of Heshvan, 5780

The IDF is strenghtening its cooperation with NATO and EU countries on cybersecurity

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BRUSSELS— EU countries’ defenses “are still not developed enough to deal with enemies with advanced capabilities,” Israel’s military representative to NATO, said.

‘’More investment is needed,” Col. Nir Omer added in an  interview with POLITICO.

According to him, European countries are “very advanced” in their technological infrastructure, which puts them at “high risk” of attacks.

Col.Nir Omer, who is also Israel’s military attaché to the Benelux countries and a cyber warfare expert, believes that EU member states are taking the right steps in terms of cybersecurity but progress should be faster.

He also mentioned that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have taken steps to strengthen cooperation on cybersecurity with both EU and NATO member states.

Teams from some EU and NATO member states have come to Israel for cyber trainings, Omer said, adding that in the long run Israel would like to reach a stage where it could systematically share information on cyber developments with European partners.

The EU and NATO’s advantage is that “they already have systems” which allow “collection and dissemination of information” on cyber threats, Col. Omer said.

The IDF itself has experienced “more than 150 [cyber]attacks and incidents” over the past year, the colonel said.

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