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Aventura, FL
September 15, 2016

A Conversation with Isaac Ben-Israel:
Cyber-Security in an Insecure World

Olga and Alex Blavatnik opened their beautiful home and hosted a group of their friends to meet and hear from Prof. Isaac (Itzik) Ben-Israel on cyber-security. Prof. Ben-Israel, the recognized leader in Israel regarding cyber-security and head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at TAU, is also chairman of the Israel Space Agency. He spoke about how technology has changed the world. Along with the positive advancements that it continues to bring to mankind, it has created a new series of vulnerabilities that are much bigger and can have world-changing consequences.

Forbes recently credited Prof. Ben-Israel with positioning Israel to win in the $175 billion cyber-security market. Prof. Itzik Ben Israel shared his personal journey, starting with the military in Israel then moving from military service to academia and business. He stressed that the interconnectedness of the three major areas in his career has been instrumental in his success.

Alex Blavatnik shared that his parents were academics and that both he and his brother are happy and proud to be able to support TAU in such an important field. AFTAU Board members Leslie Benitah and Ike Fisher thanked the Blavatniks for their support and hospitality.

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