Key Takeaways From CyberTech Global 2023

Leaders from the U.S., Israel, UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco joined together on stage at Cybertech Global in Tel Aviv this week to discuss how to best combine forces to combat attacks by cyber criminals and nation states.

“We are turning ‘Cyber Dome’ into a reality. This is not a choice anymore. The price we pay keeps getting higher, and all of us are part of the defense team,”  Gaby Portnoy, Israel’s Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate told the conference.

The Cyber-Dome project — a new Big Data, AI, overall approach to proactive cyberdefense – a collaborative effort between cybersecurity leaders in Israel and across the globe.

“I want us to build our cyber domes together,” said Portnoy. “The alternative of working alone is just too expensive and less effective. Let’s build our cyber domes now. This is a journey, we can move faster together as a unified front of cyber huddlers.”

If Israeli cyber security expert Hudi Zack, who gave a presentation entitled “7 Bold Cyber Predictions,” is right cooperation between governments and the public and private sectors is more urgent than ever.

Zack predicted that:

*AI -based attacks are likely to become so pervasive and rapid that “there is no way humans will be able to figure out what is going on and react by the time the attack reaches its target.”

*Attackers will be able to interfere with the integrity of systems in energy and finance and maliciously exploit them to serve the aims of the attacker.  To combat this AI systems used to run crucial infrastructure will have to be designed to be “resilient out of the box.”

 *Quantum technologies will break encryption systems currently in use, leaving huge amounts of personal and sensitive data exposed and exploited. “When this happens, we will have to isolate the systems from the Internet all together and move the data to more modern systems,” he says.

*Attacks on public clouds will be so frequent and substantial that the providers will not be able to rely on consumer to choose and assemble their own security and will instead have to deliver deep vertical integration and supply security by default.

*The huge attack surfaces created by the introduction of the Internet of Things will mean that hardware and firmware providers such as Intel and Qualcomm will have to become security providers.

*Supply chain attacks will intensify so the cyber industry will need to identify these attacks very early on and develop the capability to block them in real time.

*The way people access their own online services is going to change dramatically because traditional passwords won’t cut it and biometrics will be bypassed.

About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.