Atlantans Learn About Israeli Initiatives in Cybersecurity
While Israelis, together with much of the world, spent much of this summer concerned with the physical security threat from Gaza, Israel’s Homeland Security Experts were also keeping their attention focused on the growing threats coming from cyberspace. That was the message delivered by Avi Shavit, head of Cyber and Homeland Security Research Activities at Israel’s Chief Scientist Office.
Shavit was hosted in Atlanta on September 10 by Conexx, the office of Israel’s Consulate General to the Southeast, and Israel’s Ministry of the Economy for a series of private meetings with companies in the metro area. In addition, the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) hosted a breakfast briefing sponsored by Lockheed Martin, a key corporate player in cybersecurity complex currently being developed in Beer Sheva.
Shavit is one of the leading experts in a special taskforce convened by the Prime Minister of Israel to formulate national plans that would place Israel among the top five countries leading the cyber field. This taskforce examined the components essential for Israel’s preparedness in cyberspace, as well as analyzing the national benefit with regard to the economic, academic and national security aspects. In 2010, Shavit initiated a new Cyber research project (a consortium of 9 industrial organizations and 10 Academic researches) with a visionary approach, to develop a Multi Tiered technology of assessment, detection, analysis and understanding of computer attacks.
The State of Georgia has its own plans for leadership in the sphere of cybersecurity. Conexx is partnering with Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to put together a delegation to Israel’s CyberTech Conference in March 2015 (http://10times.com/cyber-tech).
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