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Cyber Safety in an Uncertain Sphere

We learn about the unique challenges of a networked world from top cybersecurity experts

Cyber attacks pose one of the greatest threats to global security today. Israel, led by Tel Aviv University, is fast becoming known as the epicentre of novel solutions to detecting and preventing malicious cyber attacks. We were privy to an eye-opening update by a panel of experts from TAU's Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science Technology and Security and the newly launched Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center.

Moderated by Konfidas's Ram Levi, the delegates heard about cyber safety and security from accomplished tech authorities Menny Barzilay, Rami Efrati, Keren Elazari, Prof. Irad Ben-Gal, and Dr. Roey Tzezana.

The panel members presented different approaches to tackling cyber challenges of the future — emerging and disruptive technologies, the impact of big data analytics, the intersection of cyber conflict and politics, and more. Levi, also a senior researcher at TAU's Yuval Ne'eman Workshop, stressed TAU's "unique capabilities and proven track record" in thwarting cyber threats.

TAU is uniquely positioned to lead the cyber research effort, which is an integral part of Israel's bigger national initiative. Thirty research groups across five faculties, schools, and departments have launched and conducted some of the world's most compelling cyber security investigations into cloud computing, networks, image and video recognition, cryptographic building blocks, securing software and hardware, policy initiatives, legal issues, public security, and user behavior.

"A lot of countries say they have cyber capabilities, but Israel has proven that we have the capabilities," said Levi in response to a delegate who asked why Israel was considered the cyber security authority.

Efrati, former head of the Civilian Division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister's Office and self-confessed "serial entrepreneur" said, "TAU has a unique holistic approach to cyber security." He cited TAU's expertise in cloud computing, image and video cryptography, software security, hardware security, user behavior, and security systems.

"Without a doubt, TAU is leading Israel in the cyber arena, which is everything — not just crime. It has social, medical, legal, and interdisciplinary consequences,” said Efrati.

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