A new report says software is a serious security risk for Israel, even though its security services are well equipped.
It said the country has about 3.2 million computers, and that it is vulnerable to malware, hackers and the spread of viruses.
The report, titled “A risk to the State of Israel,” comes amid growing concerns that Israel has lost its ability to control its own security, especially because of the rise of cybercriminals.
While Israel’s security services have long been criticized for the lack of control over its own systems, the report said they have been “unable to fully control the cyber-attacks” and are in a position to do so.
Israeli officials have long criticized the country’s software development as overly expensive, and the report cited figures that showed that only $10 million in government money has been allocated to cyber-security over the past five years.
The report also cited figures from the Israeli National Cybersecurity Center showing that in the first half of the year, the Israeli Cybersecurity Agency (ICAC) spent $5.2 billion to detect malware infections and prevent them from spreading.
“It is impossible to control the malware that is now being created by cybercrimpers,” the report stated.
Israel is also facing threats from Iran and North Korea.
In the first three months of this year, Israel was the target of nearly 60 cyberattacks, according to the report.
Israel is a highly advanced nation that is known for its advanced cyber-defense, but a cyberattack could cripple the country.
The cyberthreats also could undermine the country economically and militarily.
The threat to Israel from Iran, which is seeking to gain control of its own nuclear program, has caused some worry that the country might be on the verge of nuclear war.