Cyber Round Up: How Israel Became Cyber Leader; Private Sector Shouldn’t Rely on Feds; Cyber is About a Culture Change, Not Tech
- How Israel became a leader in cybersecurity and surveillance (Miami Herald): Israel has become one of the world’s best countries in cyber security despite its small size, a recent article says. Second only to the U.S. in cyber capabilities, the article explains how Israel’s cyber strength has developed through an elite unit in the Israeli Defense Force. The small country has over 420 private cyber security companies, and most of those companies’ founders started in Unit 8200. That Unit is Israel’s equivalent of the NSA, the article says. Unit 8200 gets first choice at recruitment of incoming IDF members, and many of them are untrained teenagers with high potential. The full article explaining Unit 8200 and its effect on the private cyber security world can be read here.
Why the private sector shouldn’t rely on feds for cybersecurity (FCW): The private sector shouldn’t feel too comfortable with the role the federal government will play in the wake of a cyber incident, an article earlier this week suggested. The report cites two former DHS officials speaking at the RSA conference, and says that while federal guidelines have defined some responsibilities, many private companies still don’t know who to call after an attack. Stewart Baker, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former assistant secretary for policy at DHS, explained that at the end of the day, the federal government doesn’t have much to offer private companies in the form of assistance. Other than any intelligence the government may have, the private sector is essentially on its own. The full article with more quotes and analysis can be read here.
- Biggest cybersecurity need? Not tech, but culture change and boardroom support (Healthcare IT News): A cyber security forum at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 conference addressed cyber security with an approach outside of the tech, a recent article said. The report said that cyber security isn’t just about increasing technological capabilities or securities, but is about finding a way to implement culture changes. The best way to do this is with a top-down approach, starting with the members in the boardroom who have to be open to changes. Another important aspect, the article says, is making security teams aware that their strategies and policies can’t get in the way of conducting business. The full article on what was said at the conference and the views on culture change can be found here.