The world's largest brewer opens an Israeli cyber security unit as attacks emerge

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PHOTO FILE: Anheuser-Busch Logo InBev visible outside the brewery's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium February 28, 2019. REUTERS / Francois Lenoir

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world's largest beer maker, said on Thursday that he was opening a cyber security unit in Israel to help him protect himself from an increasing number of attacks.

Israel is a leader in cyber security and many of the largest companies in the world have opened centers or get Israel's high-tech firms to defend against hackers because their dependence on digital networks and cloud storage is more widespread. .

The Tel Aviv AB InBev hub will focus on analyzing potential threats and attacks, Luis Veronesi, vice president of global security and compliance. The company did not disclose the financial details of the transfer.

Veronesi told Reuters that AB InBev and the entire industry are facing increased cyber attacks, both “cash-motivated” hacks and attempts to disrupt operations.

“With increasing digitization, we need to be prepared to defend against anything that comes,” he said.

The manufacturer of about 500 brands including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois began operating in Israel years ago when it got started Weissbeerger, which developed a platform for analyzing drink consumption at the point of sale. connecting beer taps to the internet and collecting data from registration.

Weissbeerger emerged as the company's local research and development center and intends to expand its workforce, AB InBev said.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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