State Comptroller, Matanyahu Engelman, Addressed today the issue of cyber attacks, in light of the recent incident in the systems of Hillel Yaffe Hospital, and clarified that there are authorities in the country that are not prepared to deal with such an incident. His remarks were made at the MUNI EXPO conference of the Local Government Center.
He noted that “these days we are conducting an audit of the hospitals’ protection against cyber attacks. Hillel Yaffe Hospital is also included in this audit. As part of the audit, penetration tests will be performed on our behalf. The report will be published next year, when we complete the work on it.”
“The war scene is changing before our eyes,” Engelman clarified. “The missiles will sometimes be replaced by viruses, the field fighting will sometimes be replaced by virtual fighting in the cyber arena. This is what both the local authorities and the central government in Israel need to prepare for.”
According to him, during the Corona period there was an acceleration of innovation procedures in the country, but according to him it is still not enough. However, he explained that innovation also brings with it cyber risks, but argued that “cyber threats must not cause us to diminish such important innovation, such a thing as surrendering to blackmail and terrorism.”
“The meaning of cyber threats is that we must also act to protect against cyber attacks. In this way, the State of Israel has a long way to go,” Engelman told the committee.