WSJ on the Israeli National Cyber Security Bureau Chief focusing on future cyber threats, with the office increasing its capabilities, power, and authorities:
“I think the important thing is to better understand what is going to be important in the future,” Mr. Matania said in an interview. “Even those who are not there yet will be there in the coming years.”
Mr. Matania is in Washington meeting with business groups and policy makers as Israel tries to bolster coordination in the cybersecurity field and draw more investors. He held a meeting Tuesday morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and said investors have poured $500 million into Israeli cybersecurity startups in the past few years.
“We see ourselves as a global cyber incubator,” he said.
Israel’s cybersecurity structure is different than in the U.S., as much of the authority is consolidated into Mr. Matania’s bureau. In the U.S., there are a number of agencies, often at odds, trying to develop cybersecurity policy. The White House has tried to push for more uniformity, particularly after Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked last year. However, the process is still ongoing.
Mr. Matania’s role in Israel is expanding, as the country is creating a new National Cybersecurity Authority next year, and he will play a lead role in the agency’s development. He reports directly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him a senior role in the government.
Israel has always been a force to be reckoned with, both militarily and technologically. Their structural implementation of cyber security seems to have been done right, consolidating the authority into a single, highly focused, intelligent office, rather than spread out among multiple agencies like in the United States.