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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the prime contractor of Israel’s national Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), has signed an initiative with leading Israeli cyber solutions partners to establish an Israeli Operational Technologies Cyber Consortium.

The initiative is in cooperation with the Israel National Cyber Directorate.

The announcement was made at GISEC Global 2021 Cyber Security Expo in Dubai.

The new consortium will provide end-to-end, cyber OT (Operational Technology) solutions, working with Israeli cyber OT partners with complementary areas of expertise, to address technological-cyber OT needs of large-scale organisations.

The Consortium's says its cyber defence solutions will address the national-level critical services and infrastructures needs, to provide defence against cyber warfare malicious activities by state actors, as well as by independent rogue hackers.

The Cyber OT Consortium will include Rafael, IEC, Tashan, Waterfall Security, Trapx, MobileGroup, Radiflow, CyberPro, XMCyber, Cervello, and Cynerio.

"The new Consortium positions the State of Israel as a leader in the global Cyber OT industry," Gideon Weiss, Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Strategy at Rafael's Air and C4ISR Systems Division, said. "The Consortium born out of this ecosystem will combine and utilize all the cybersecurity knowledge and technology developed in Israel."

“As part of our role to protect Critical Cyber Infrastructure (CCI), we encourage initiatives that provide know-how in this area, by joining forces and developing customized defence solutions for CCI," Roi Yarom, Director of Economy and Growth at the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD, said. "The unique knowledge and experience that have been accumulated in Israel, will undoubtedly contribute and become an asset in this endeavour."

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