The IUCC Cyber team safeguards Israel’s National Research & Education Network with the cooperation of leading data security companies and open source tools.
The team collaborates and maintains regular contact with cyber intelligence agencies, such as the Israel National Cyber Directorate, and with civilian bodies, to collect and collate alerts and events related to data security and cyber defense at academic institutions.
The team unifies network security activities common to all institutions, and assists in procurement agreements for security equipment for the academic community which leads to significant costs savings for universities. An inter-university steering committee of information security managers is active with IUCC’s team and Computing Centers staff to proactively prevent threats.
Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The IUCC Computer Emergency Response Team is mnade up of IUCC cyber specialists and university staff and handles networking and computer security incidents on Israel’s academic network.
Incidents can be reported via email to firstname.lastname@example.org which will automatically be distributed to 50 cyber specialists.
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National Cyber Testbed
As part of its efforts to improve data security protection at Israeli academic institutions, IUCC established an experimental testbed for information security and cyber systems in cooperation with start-up and veteran data security companies. The laboratory systems regularly monitor the academic network traffic, locate information security events and analyze events after the fact. The testbed enables testing and evaluation of cyber systems on a high-performance network, as a foundation for developing technologies and improving next-generation information security tools. The laboratory also allows approved vendors to install alpha or beta products as well as demonstrate how their products protect how the systems secure the Israeli academic network in real time.
The National Cyber Testbed infrastructure places uncompromising priority on data privacy, as is the common practice among numerous ISPs. Strict NDAs and agreements safeguard the privacy of all IUCC data and all access to the systems are limited and fully controlled and secured by IUCC.
Internet Data Sets
The IUCC cyber team coordinates the collection of data and information for the use of cyber research. The information is subject to the privacy protection and the approval of the IUCC Steering Committee. Requests to use this information is examined on an individual basis.