Israel is known as one of the largest exporters of cyber technologies in the world, and certainly the largest in the world in terms of size. However, it is also on the “dark side” of cyber, as there are companies developing digital tools with the potential to become weapons used by the wrong hands, or without proper supervision. Some make headlines quite often, and some remain in the dark. What these companies have in common is that they define themselves as “defensive” cyber companies.
“The law does not allow the practice of offensive cyber,” clarified Dr. Harel Manshari, head of the cyber field at HIT, a former founder of the GSS cyber network. “There is a company that has unfortunately made headlines (NSO, ML), and it should be understood that this is a company like others in the world and it is not the only one of its kind. “This company, like its counterparts elsewhere in the world, including the Western world, is developing tools to give to law organizations (organizations like the Shin Bet and the like, ML), in other countries that are unable to develop on their own,” says Manshari.