Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) announced last week that the government has approved emergency regulations to enhance the country’s ability to defend against widespread cyberattacks. Since the start of the war with Hamas in Gaza, the INCD has identified approximately 40 attempted cyberattacks on companies and digital storage services that cater to numerous Israeli businesses.
Wave of cyberattacks hit Israel amid war with Hamas
Throughout the war with Hamas, there has been a rise in damaging cyberattacks targeting these types of companies. To safeguard the public and ensure the uninterrupted functioning of the Israeli economy, the need arose for urgent implementation of emergency regulations to detect, contain, and minimize the impact of such attacks.
In the event of a serious cyberattack that poses a risk to the state or essential services, either the INCD, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), or the Defense Ministry – depending on the affected company type will have the authority to instruct storage service providers and digital services on how to handle the situation. These instructions will only be issued if the storage service providers and digital services fail to adequately address the cyberattack.