Israel’s Energy Ministry wants cyber security lab


July 28, 2016

Such a laboratory is needed to simulate attacks on infrastructures and responses to them.

The Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources wants to establish a cyber laboratory, and has published a request for information (RFI) on the subject. The new laboratory will act as a testing and simulation environment for industrial operations technologies, and can be used to examine the effectiveness of various protection systems. Cyber attacks are the leading threat to infrastructure in Israel.

Like cyber laboratories that simulate a real environment in banking and telecommunications networks, there is also need for cyber defense in energy and infrastructure. Focused attack scenarios can be devised in the laboratory that the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources wants to found, and ways of dealing with them in the environment that facilitate handling them in a way that allows lessons to be learned rapidly and effectively can be simulated. In addition, the laboratory will be a research environment for students from Israel and abroad doing academic research in the cyber field, including cooperation with similar laboratories abroad.

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