Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Leading Companies Launch Initiative to Promote Aviation Cybersecurity

The initiative aims to encourage Israeli companies to develop comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for the commercial aviation industry. The new consortium includes IAI, CyberArk, Check Point, El Al’s Cockpit Innovation hub, Karamba Security, and ClearSky

From the launch ceremony. L-R: Esti Peshin (IAI), Yoav Turgeman (ELTA), Yigal Unna (INCD), Adiv Baruch (Israel's Export Institute), Shay Rinsky (Ministry of Economy), Paul Friedberg (SIBAT). Photo courtesy of IAI

A group of Israeli cybersecurity companies, along with the Economy and Industry Ministry, has set up a new cyber consortium for the aviation industry.

The announcement was made Wednesday as part of the 5th International Conference of Homeland Security and Cyber, organized by Israel’s Export Institute.

The new consortium includes Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), CyberArk, Check Point Software Technologies, Karamba Security, ClearSky, and Cockpit Innovation – the corporate venture arm of Israel’s national airline El Al. The group represents a combination of veteran cybersecurity and aerospace firms, which already offer “a broad range of aviation, security, intelligence and cyber solutions for the global market,” alongside “young startups with cutting-edge cyber products and technologies,” the statement said.

The consortium has been set up to offer comprehensive, end-to-end cybersecurity solutions for the commercial aviation industry: airports, airlines and aircraft, the statement said. Additional Israeli companies have already expressed an interest in joining the consortium, the statement added.

“The civil aviation industry like any other industry is becoming more and more digitalized, more and more high tech,” said Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate. “We see more and more threat vectors and cyberattack vectors. And we want to think in advance, before the fact,” he said. “In Israel, we have the benefit of bringing everyone together” quickly and easily. “And we are fast movers.”


[Sources: Times of Israel, CTech]