Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman said Tuesday the agency foiled cyber attacks against Israeli systems over the past year "from all over the world."
"Cyber warfare is a main tool for us in our daily work to thwart terror activities," Argaman said during a visit to the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv.
To that end, he said the Shin Bet recruits "the best minds in Israel" to the agency.
"Nowadays, rivals' ability to more easily and quickly purchase groundbreaking technologies requires us to be better than before and stand at the forefront of global technology," Argaman explained. "This is what we're trying to do, and this is what we work on every day."
According to the Shin Bet chief, "The State of Israel is today among the leading cyber superpowers in the world, and the defense establishment and Israeli intelligence community are a part of this. We of course cooperate with intelligence services and defense establishments from all over the world."
He also said the Shin Bet has significant, far-reaching defensive and offensive cyber capabilities.