The Israel Airport Authority has opened a cyber defense center at Ben Gurion International Airport following a dramatic increase in the number of cyberattacks on airport systems.

Airport sources said 3 million cyberattacks a day are detected by the center. Some are general spam, which is also sent to many other computer systems in the world, but 250 of them are aimed directly at the airport’s systems such as luggage handling, runway lighting and communication systems that are used by air traffic control.

Sources said these attacks are isolated and, if one computer has been infected, it is immediately disconnected from the airport’s system.

The center is working in full cooperation with the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) that handles the cyber protection at the national level.

Israeli sources said Aug. 7 there are indications that cyberattacks on civil aviation systems will increase in the coming year, becoming a major threat.