World’s Largest Brewery Opens Israeli Cybersecurity Unit as Attacks Mount

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest beer maker, said on Thursday it was opening a cybersecurity unit in Israel to help protect itself from a growing number of attacks.

Israel is a leader in cybersecurity and many of the world’s largest companies have opened centers there or acquired Israeli tech firms to defend themselves against hackers as the reliance on digital networks and cloud storage becomes more prevalent.

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

Veronesi told Reuters that AB InBev and the entire industry have been facing increased cyber attacks, ranging from “financially motivated” hacks to attempts at disrupting operations.

“With increasing digitalization, we have to be prepared to defend against anything coming,” he said.

The maker of about 500 brands including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois began operating in Israel a year ago when it acquired startup Weissbeerger, which developed a platform to analyze beverage consumption at point of sale by connecting beer taps to the internet and collecting data from the register.

Weissbeerger became the company’s local research and development center and it plans to expand its workforce, AB InBev said.

Reuters and Algemeiner Staff



  1. Am Yisroel, have no fear
    Budweiser will protect our beer
    Cruel attackers, thieves and hackers
    Over here will get nowhere
    One, two, three, four
    I want a tall pour
    Five, six, seven, eight
    And a whiskey straight
    One, two three, four
    Fermented hops I do adore
    Five, six, seven, eight
    I drink it by the crate

    Forget the liquor, I get shikker
    I’ll take cold beer every time
    I’ll pass on bourbon, it’s too urban
    But to skip beer is a crime
    One, two, three, four
    I’d gladly hike to Ecuador
    Five, six, seven, eight
    For beer that is first-rate
    One, two, three, four
    Fill every, cupboard, every drawer
    Five, six, seven, eight
    And don’t procrastinate


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