Israel Electric Corp. on Thursday set up its first cybersecurity training facility in New York with the aim of helping US companies and utilities to fend off hackers. The center is modeled on other sites the utility has already set up in Israel, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The program provides services to the IEC, training it to fend off the millions of cyber-attacks it experiences a month, the company said in a statement, as well as international firms that are already using the firm’s training tools. The services are tailor-made for each client and international companies are already using them, the statement said.
The New York facility is equipped with the proprietary technologies developed as part of the program to manage complex cybersecurity situations and long-term training programs.
“This is a significant strategic step,” IEC chairman Yiftach Ron-Tal said in a statement. He said setting up the Cyber-Gym in the US presented the IEC with an important business opportunity, and a step toward the IEC expanding its activities in North America.
Last week, Israel’s parliament approved a reform, hailed as “historic,” of the nation’s electricity sector that aims to increase competition and transform Israel Electric Corp., the nation’s main electricity utility, into a more streamlined and efficient company. Setting up the Cyber-Gym program is part of the firm’s effort to diversify income as competition looms.
Ofir Hason, the CEO of Cyber Control, said that the opening of the center in New York will strengthen the program’s position as a leader in protecting critical infrastructures. “New York is the perfect location to offer our training program,” he said in the statement. “We have a huge advantage in a market that is looking to improve its cybersecurity capabilities.”