Israel Aerospace Industries is expanding into cyberdefense, and already has customers in Israel and abroad, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The company's Elta subsidiary launched a cyber section last August, said Esti Pershin, director of the section and a former senior member of the Israel Defense Forces's Unit 8200 cyberwarfare unit. The cyber section, which identifies weaknesses and build defenses, has 25 employees.
“We have a national responsibility to be independent in this area," Pershin said. "Israeli defense industries have to take the lead role. We have the infrastructure and platforms to take the lead."
She added that for cyberdefense, "the idea is to not just defend the perimeter of the network with firewalls, but to expand defenses through intelligence." Pershin also warned that deterring cyberattacks requires working with Internet service providers to track down hackers. “These are the building blocks that are needed for retribution,” she told the Jerusalem Post.
Elta’s domestic market consists of military clients, but its cyber solutions are also being built for financial institutions as well as foreign governments who want to secure critical national infrastructure, according to the newspaper.