A network of Jewish institutions has been set up by the Jerusalem Municipality to protect them from cyber attacks, an official told The Jerusalem Times.
According to the announcement, the network, which is in its infancy, will be staffed by five members, who will be responsible for coordinating security measures and coordinating operations.
“We will have a number of members who will take responsibility for safeguarding the institutions’ network,” the statement said.
“The members will be appointed by the municipality’s executive committee, as well as the city council.”
“In addition to their technical expertise, the members will also be able to coordinate security measures, with the help of a network security company,” the council said in a statement.
According the statement, the group will “prepare for and take part in various events including the opening of new schools and kindergartens, as a first step toward the establishment of a permanent network.”
According to a statement issued by the mayor’s office, the organization is expected to be operational within a few weeks.
According this official, the new group is a response to the growing number of cyber attacks on Jewish institutions, which has been exacerbated by the Israeli government’s restrictions on media outlets and social media platforms.
In 2015, more than 1,000 cyber attacks against Jewish institutions took place, including in a number that targeted institutions including Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Jerusalem, a Hebrew school in the northern city of Neve Yaakov, and the Jewish Museum in the southern city of Netanya.
“There is an increasing trend of attacks against the institutions in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, including the use of ransomware and other cyber-attacks,” said Avi Weiss, head of research at Cyber Intelligence Research, a Jerusalem-based security firm.
“We hope this network will provide a level of security that is unprecedented in the history of Jerusalem.”
“This is a huge step forward,” said Weiss.
“In terms of the organization itself, we think that the goal of this network is not only to protect the Jewish institutions themselves, but also to protect all institutions in Jerusalem.
We hope this will help to reduce the spread of ransomware.”
According Weiss, it is a welcome development in the battle against ransomware.
“The city has been trying to bring a lot of pressure to bear on ransomware, and it is certainly a step forward to have a network that will protect the institutions themselves,” he said.
The network will be comprised of several key nodes, including a security center, a website, and a network management center, Weiss said.
It is also planned to have an encrypted messaging system, which will allow for the communications between the network and the government.
“It is hoped that this will be used to ensure that the communication between the nodes is encrypted and that the information exchanged between the node and the node can be protected,” the spokesperson added.