Former Shin Bet technology division head Ron Shamir says U.S. cyber defenders are experiencing a “very difficult hour”

JNS
Israel must study and learn from prospective Russian cyber breach of US networks
by Yaakov Lappin
January 8, 2021

Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, which is in charge of defending critical infrastructure, needs to study every detail of the massive suspected Russian cyber breach of 250 government and private-sector networks recently uncovered in the United States, a former senior Shin Bet intelligence agency official has told JNS. Ron Shamir, who retired in 2013 from the Shin Bet after 24 years on the job, served as the intelligence agency’s former Technology Division head. He said it was imperative to understand how “the most basic” features of cyber defense appear to have been overlooked, including the ways in which attackers took advantage of the SolarWinds IT management company, which provided software to the attacked entities. READ MORE

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