The head of the National Cyber Bureau Dr. Eviatar Matania briefed the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, presenting the ministers present with a run-down of efforts being taken by the bureau to strengthen cyber security in Israel.

"This is a broad threat to human society. While this is a challenge to the state, it is also an economic opportunity. The more we invest in academia and industry, the greater the return we will receive, from both economic and security perspectives," Dr. Matania” told the ministers.

During the meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who ordered the creation of the bureau, said, "just as we developed the unprecedented Iron Dome system that successfully intercepts missiles, thus we are developing a kind of 'digital Iron Dome' in order to defend the country against attacks on our computer systems.”

Israelis and Israeli companies have grappled with repeated cyber attacks in recent years, many of them carried out by hackers in states hostile to Israel or with frayed ties to the Jewish state.

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