In recent years Ashdod Port has become a leader in the field of innovation and technology. And this week, as part of Cyber Week, the port hosted Israel's first maritime cyber conference. Cyber experts from around the globe came to the port last Thursday to participate in a number of panels on the various maritime cyber threats, where they shared a variety of approaches and proposed solutions. One of the purposes of the meeting was strengthening the international cooperation of organizations when it comes to sharing information and technological solutions in this area.
Shiko Zana, CEO of Ashdod Port, began his remarks by noting how proud he is that the port has the opportunity to host such a conference. “ Many see the port as a traditional outdated industrial organization, but we area actually in the midst of a revolutionary process and we are already seeing the results. Through investment, strategic partnerships and technological innovations, over the last year the Port has become an innovative, efficient and advanced organization".
In a panel attended by leaders of cyber organizations from around the globe, the speakers agreed that the most significant outcome of holding such a conference today is strengthening the international relationships between various organizations. The panel participants included: Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate; Andreas Könen, Director General of CI, Cyber and Information security in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community; Brandon Wales, Acting Director of CISA, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, United States; Paul Maddison, Director of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), United Kingdom; and more.
Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate says that “one of the advantages that we have in Israel as a start-up nation is that everything is close and everyone knows each other and this is a huge advantage in the cybersecurity field." He added that “we must move faster, to advance the existing Israeli cyber ecosystem and create cooperation and partnerships that have already been proven to be the best tools for handling cyber challenges. The entire global maritime system is already connected. We now must ensure that there is fast and transparent cooperation for everyone".