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Middle East Needs Regional NATO for Cyber Defense, Margalit Says

  • States can’t protect themselves alone, says cyber investor
  • Some regional cooperation already exists on civilian level
Erel Margalit

Erel Margalit

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Middle Eastern countries facing potential cyber attacks from Iran should form a Euro-Med alliance to protect their assets and people, said Erel Margalit, venture capitalist and former member of the Israeli Knesset’s cyber security task force.

“In the Mideast it isn’t Arabs against Jews, it’s extremists against those countries that want to protect their civilians and be practical,” Margalit said Wednesday at the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv. “It’s the alliance of the moderates.”