After years of failing to develop a broad counter-intelligence strategy to cope with Russian and Chinese attempts to use cyber operations to spy on Israel, the defense establishment may finally be pushing back in a more unified fashion. The Jerusalem Post’s sister-publication Maariv reported on Saturday that the National Security Council (NSC) will present the security cabinet with a special report in the coming days on the defense aspects of large foreign investments. The effort was reportedly one of several moves in which NSC chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, appointed in late 2017, has pushed for. The NSC advises the prime minister on national security issues. Part of the report, which was assigned to the NSC three months ago, will specifically address Russian and Chinese cyber spying and a counter-intelligence strategy. The report, especially about cyber spying, will be diving into a complex web of competing priorities which are important to the state. On one hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly promoted foreign investment, especially from China, in massive new infrastructure projects. Broadly speaking, IDF Unit 8200 (“the Israeli NSA”), the Mossad and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have believed that their cyber efforts have been strong in helping Israel… Read full this story
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