ISP Director Steve Slick was quoted this week in the article “How Israel is turning part of the Negev Desert into a cyber-city” (The Washington Post).
The piece by Ellen Nakashima and William Booth examines Israel’s efforts to become a major digital power by bringing together military, academic and business forces into the cyber realm. Since 1973, Israel has worked to develop its own cyber technology not only to defend their nation against cyber attacks, but also to take the offensive against potential enemies. As the authors explain, however, this “desire to act” has sometimes created tension in their relationship with the United States. Slick explained that misunderstandings and disagreements are inevitable between states that work jointly in complex and consequential projects. But despite potential frictions, said Slick, “a deep reservoir of mutual respect and trust exists between Israeli and U.S. security communities, with both sides recognizing the benefits of close collaboration in cyber activities.”
The full article can be accessed here.