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Rafael has signed an initiative with leading Israeli cyber companies to form the Israeli Operational Technologies Cyber Consortium, aimed at providing defensive solutions against cyber threats from state actors and rogue hackers, to protect critical assets such as transport nodes, oil and gas networks, manufacturing facilities, utilities and energy infrastructure.

Rafael, prime contractor for Israel’s National Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), has developed the initiative in cooperation with the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD). The company announced the initiative at the GISEC Global 2021 Cyber Security Expo in Dubai, UAE. The consortium will provide end-to-end, cyber operational technology (OT) solutions, working with market-leading cyber OT partners with complementary areas of expertise, to address the technological-cyber OT needs of large organisations.

The consortium's comprehensive cyber defence solutions will address national-level critical services and infrastructures needs. Members include Rafael, IEC, Tashan, Waterfall Security, Trapx, MobileGroup, Radiflow, CyberPro, XMCyber, Cervello, and Cynerio. Combining technological and methodological cyber OT solutions from best-of-breed companies will allow the consortium to offer a comprehensive, integrated and battle-proven solution. The partner-companies were carefully selected, following a lengthy assessment of experience, track record, added value and technological advantages.

The new consortium positions the state of Israel as a leader in the global cyber OT industry. Known as the ‘Cyber Nation,’ and globally recognised for its cybersecurity and OT-related expertise, Israel boasts a rich ecosystem of market-leading, proactive companies, providing best-of-breed cyber defence solutions. The consortium born out of this ecosystem will combine and utilise all the cybersecurity knowledge and technology developed in Israel. The consortium enables commercial flexibility and enhances our competitiveness, as well as our ability to team and partner with industries and with cyber-defence organisations within our markets," commented Gideon Weiss, VP of Business Development, Marketing and Strategy for Rafael’s Air and C4ISR Systems Division.

Roi Yarom, Director of Economy and Growth at the INCD, added “As part of our role to protect critical cyber infrastructure (CCI), we encourage initiatives that provide know-how in this area, by joining forces and developing customised defence solutions for CCI. The unique knowledge and experience that have been accumulated in Israel, will undoubtedly contribute and become an asset in this endeavour."


Rafael’s booth at GISEC 2021 in Dubai. (Photo: Rafael)

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