'CYBER ATTACKS ARE GREATEST THREAT 21ST CENTURY FACES'​

Avi Dichter in 2012 Photo Israel GPO by Kobi GideonThe Chairman of Israel's parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee has a surprising take on the greatest threat the world faces in the 21st century.

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Avi Dichter is the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman in Israel's Parliament, the Knesset. In a briefing with reporters earlier this week, he said that "cyberattacks are the greatest threat the 21st century faces."

He also said that his Committee plans to present the Knesset with bid that seeks to regulate government bodies tasked with countering cyber threats.

While such bodies are currently under the jurisdiction of Israel's security agency, the Shin Bet, the proposed provision seeks to subject them, as well as most critical-infrastructure units, to the National Cyber Bureau at the Prime Minister's Office by July 2017.

The provision was drafted following recommendations by the Subcommittee on Cyber Defense, which determined the National Cyber Bureau should head Israel's cyberdefense efforts. Their argument is that it is better equipped to balance civilian and political considerations with security considerations. It also enjoys access to the civilian cyber sector, the military industries, and Israel's international partners, Dichter explained.

The Knesset is scheduled to vote on the order later this week.

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This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35395

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