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Netanyahu bolsters Israel's cybersecurity

Sept. 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM   |   Comments

BE'ER SHIVA, Israel, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the dedication of a new cybertech center his country is building an "iron wall" fit for the 21st century.

He invoked Israel's defense capabilities, saying his citizens must remain vigilant and continue growing defense infrastructure, both in terms of traditional weapons and cybersecurity to fend off enemies in the Arab world, Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported Tuesday.

"In the end, our lives depend on an iron wall. We are building an iron wall, an Iron Dome, and we have an iron will," Netanyahu said.

The new cyber center is opening in Be'er Shiva near Ben Gurion University in the southern Negev desert, a sparsely populated part of the country officials have said needs to be developed to help alleviate the housing crunch in central Israel, where 70 percent of the nation's people live.

"The world around us is changing quickly and the amount of knowledge is increasing geometrically," Netanyahu said. "This knowledge has created new challenges but also new opportunities, and cyber [technology] is the greatest area that is happening here, and we are a force in it. We are bringing Israel's cybernetic strength here to Be'er Sheva."

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