The Israeli government on Tuesday announced plans to start building a computer forensic laboratory in the capital city of Jerusalem, saying it was needed for an “emerging” field of investigation.
The announcement comes as Israel is seeking to strengthen its position as an international cybersecurity hub, following a string of attacks and cyberattacks in recent years that have weakened its economy.
The project will be funded by the Ministry of Defense, which plans to hire 5,000 people for the facility, according to the Jerusalem Post.
It will be housed in the city’s Central Security Area, an area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war.
The center will serve as a hub for all Israeli agencies and organizations working on the cyber and digital threats facing the country, such as the Defense Ministry, the Shin Bet security service and the Mossad.