Cyber Week is an annual cybersecurity conference held at Tel Aviv University in Israel, with Cyber Week 2017 running from June 25th to June 29th, 2017.
It offers a unique gathering of cybersecurity experts which brings together industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and other government officials. Deliving a thought-provoking exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas, it is a leading international conference in cybersecurity.
Events will run for an entire week and include roundtables, panels, workshops, forums, BSides, competitions, and more. We're expecting a large number of participants to attend, having hosted over 5,000 attendees from more than 50 countries last year.
The conference is hosted by the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), The Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Major Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel serves as Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC). Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.
Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949.
He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988.
He joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) after graduating high school (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002).
During his service, Isaac Ben-Israel has held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the IAF. He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was the Head of Military R&D in Israel Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence (1991-1997). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award.
After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004), the head of the Program for Security Studies (2004-2007), Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Technological Analysis & Forecasting at Tel-Aviv University (ICTAF) (2010-2013), Deputy Director of the Hartog School of Government and Policy in Tel-Aviv University (2005-2015) and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Ariel University Centre (2009-2011), and a member of the advisory council of Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion (2000-2010).
In 2002 he founded RAY-TOP (Technology Opportunities) Ltd, consulting governments and industries in technological and strategic issues.
Professor Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009. During this period he was a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Science & Technology committee, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Sub Committee and the Chairman of the Israeli–Indian Parliamentary Friendship Association.
In 2011 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead a task force that formulated Israel national cyber policy. Following that he founded the National Cyber Headquarters in the PM Office. In 2014 he was appointed again by the PM to lead another task force which resulted in a government decision (February 2015) to set up a new National Cyber Authority.
Isaac Ben Israel was a member of the board of directors of IAI (2000-2002), the board of the Israel Corp. (2004-2007) and the R&D advisory board of TEVA (2003-2007) and Chairman of the Technion Entrepreneurial Incubator (2007).
He was the Chairman of Israel National R&D council between 2010-2016.
Professor Ben-Israel has written numerous papers on military and security issues. His book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence (1989) won the Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature. His book on The Philosophy of Military Intelligence had been published by the Broadcast University (1999) and has been translated into French (2004). His book Science, Technology and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, was published in 2006. His book on Israel Defence Doctrine was published in 2013.
Isaac is married to Inbal (née Marcus) and they have three sons: Yuval (1981), Roy (1984) and Alon (1988).
- Chairman of Israel Space Agency (since 2005).
- Professor at Tel-Aviv University, teaching at the Security Studies Program (since 2002) and at the Cohen Institute for the History & Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas (since 1989).
- Positions at Tel-Aviv University:
* Head of Security Studies Program (since 2004-2007, 2010-).
* Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Centre (since 2014)
* Head of the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security (since 2002).
- Member of the board of Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies (since 2000)
- Member of the academic council of Afeka - Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering(since 2003)
- Founder and CEO of RAY TOP Technologies Ltd. (since 2002)
- Founder and CEO of RAY TOP SINGAPORE Pte. Ltd. (since 2003)
- Partner at Cyber Security Group (since 2016)
- Member of the Advisory Board of RED DOT fund (since 2016)
Positions and Memberships abroad
- Member of IAA – International Academy of Astronautics (since 2012)
- Member of Singapore RIEC - Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (since 2012)
- Member of the Board of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore - A*STAR (since 2013)
-Commissioner at GCSC - Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (since 2017)
Prizes and Awards
1972 Israel Defence Award, for developing an airborne weapon delivery system for F-4E.
1976 Israel Air Force Award, for developing a C4 system.
1984 IDF Director of military Intelligence Prize for Creative Thinking.
1990 Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature, for the book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence.
2001 Israel Defence Award (Second time), for a project introducing a new concept of future warfare.
2002 Singapore Defence Technology Distinguished Award for his "outstanding contribution to bilateral defence relations between Israel and Singapore".
2008 Lions "Man of Excellence", for his contribution to Israel Security.
The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), inaugurated in Tel Aviv University (TAU), is a joint initiative with the National Cyber Directorate, Prime Minister’s Office, and provides an academic framework for the interdisciplinary research on the dynamic and constantly evolving field of cyber.
The Center’s 50+ TAU faculty members and 200+ cyber researchers have attained national and international prominence for their scholarship and industry expertise. They are drawn from many different disciplines including Exact Sciences, Computer Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social Sciences, Management and Humanities.
Since its inception, the ICRC has aimed to
• Enrich the volume and quality of academic research in the cyber field
• Provide information to the security sector for future use
• Help advance academic training and the efforts of academic personnel in the field
• Increase the academic efforts and awareness of the field of cyber security
• Provide an important intersection between government, industry and academia
The ICRC researches key issues such as security software, attacks on hardware and software, cryptography, network protocols, security of operating systems and networks, as well as the impact of these topics on national security, society, regulation and the business sector.
The Center operates a research fund which is supported by the Israeli National Cyber Directorate , Prime Minister's Office.
Yuval Ne'eman Workshop
The Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security was launched in 2002 by Major-General (Res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel in conjunction with the Harold Hartog School of Policy and Government and the Security Studies Program at Tel Aviv University. The Workshop was founded with the clear directive of exploring the links between science, technology and security. The Workshop conducts a broad range of research activities that include the publication of research papers and policy reports in the field of national security strategy & policy. Alongside its research activities, the Workshop also holds a senior executive forum that promotes public-private partnerships and initiatives and a popular series of monthly conferences at Tel Aviv University with the participation of senior IDF staff and security organization members, politicians, academia, and executives from leading Israeli and International companies. The goal of the Workshops' activities is to create an open and fruitful dialogue with the general public in the fields of interest of the Workshop: Cyber Security, Space and Emerging Issues of National Security.
Other topics covered by the Workshop include; international relations and strategy, missiles and guided weapons, robotics, the interplay between society and security, nuclear energy, homeland security, force build-up policy, government decision-making processes, and more. So far, the Workshop has held more than 100 conferences, each attended by hundreds of delegates. The crown jewel of the Workshops' conferences is the Annual International Cyber Security Conference. This conference is held every summer since 2011 and enjoys the participation of senior politicians, foreign diplomats, academics, senior representatives of the IDF and other Israeli security services, and cyber security experts from around the world.
The Yuval Ne'eman Workshop has been leading research and initiatives in the cyber security field for more than a decade and aims to find security solutions to help protect cyberspace from the rising threats. As we make progress as a society, our cyber abilities advance. The many possibilities the cyber space offers are unfortunately perceived to our enemies as vulnerabilities, and so - with every passing day, we witness evolving cyber threats and targeted attacks on critical infrastructures, with new forms of hacktivism and the growing danger of cybercrime creating a complicated threat landscape to nations worldwide.
Therefore, The Yuval Ne'eman Workshop has set as a goal for itself to advance awareness of cyber security issues and the unique challenges that this emerging field of conflict presents to countries. The cyber domain, including the internet and social networks, has brought forward many opportunities and challenges, along with new legal, ethical, and social dilemmas. These challenges and dilemmas are particularly relevant to politics, public policy and international relations as a result of their critical influence on the use of force. Thus, it is necessary to give these issues due consideration and seek effective methods of action, cooperation, international agreements, and more. In 2010, as part of decision to streamline and coordinate the allocation of national resources towards cyber security, the Prime Minister of Israel has set up the National Cyber Initiative Task force with Prof. Ben Israel as its' head and members of the Workshop coordinated the work of the task force. The Task forces' recommendations were accepted by the Prime Minister, and were approved in a government decision. As a result, the government voted to establish a National Cyber Directorate (NCD) to coordinate national cyber security activities, and to formulate cyber security policy.
Israel National Cyber Directorate
Mission of the Directorate
The Directorate functions as an advising body for the Prime Minister, the government and its committees, which recommends national policy in the cyber field and promotes its implementation, in accordance with the law and government resolutions.
The Directorate works to promote the national capability in cyberspace and to improve Israel's preparedness in dealing with the current and future challenges in cyberspace.
It is charged with improving the defense of national infrastructures critical to the continuation of normal life in the State of Israel and to protect them, as much as possible, from cyber attack, while advancing Israel's position as a center of information technology development, and at the same time encouraging cooperation between academia, industry and the private sector, government offices and the security community.
The Directorate is charged with promoting three central areas in the cyber field in Israel:
1. Advancing defense and building national strength in the cyber field.
2. Building up Israel's lead in the cyber field .
3. Advancing processes that support the first two tasks.
Alongside forming the Directorate and establishing it, which is a considerable task on its own, last year the Directorate promoted many significant activities in various fields in cooperation with industry, academia and the governmental sector. Several of them are listed below:
In the field of cyber defense:
Working to formulate a national defense strategy and is beginning to build the way in which it will be implemented in cooperation with the relevant bodies.
Establishing a national cyber situation room, in the Directorate, which is tasked with forming the national cyber situation picture, as well as sharing information between the defense community, the public sector and the private sector.
Working to establish cross-industry and industry-specific regulation, adapted to each area in cooperation with government offices.
The INCB also established a committee for the definition of the cyber professions.
Promoting cyber security within the civilian and private sectors, in cooperation with other government offices.
Working towards the establishment of a national cyber situation assessment and the definition of the national cyber threat reference.
Promoting Israeli cyber defense industry:
Establishing the "Kidma" (Advancement of Cyber Defense R&D) program to prioritize the cyber defense industry, in cooperation with the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, in the amount of 80 million NIS over two years beginning in 2013.
Establishing the "Masad" (Dual Cyber R&D) program to promote national and defensive cyber technologies together, in cooperation with Mafat (Directorate of Defense R&D in the Ministry of Defense), in the amount of 10 million NIS for 2012-2013.
Encouraging investments by international companies in the State of Israel.
Developing academia and human capital:
Establishing an academic research fund for cyber security in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology, in the amount of 32 million NIS for 2012-2014.
Granting scholarships to students studying for advanced academic degrees in the cyber field, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology, in the amount of 16 million NIS for 2012-2014.
Initiating the establishment of advanced degree programs in the cyber field.
In addition, the Directorate supported the establishment of the "Magshimim Leumit" program, which is a three-year excellence program focusing on training and developing expertise in the cyber and computer fields among outstanding students aged 16-18 residing in peripheral areas.
Working with the Council for Higher Education and relevant academic institutes to establish a strategic plan for the advancement of the academia in the cyber field.
Working to establish an online school and a research institute for cyber studies.
In the international cooperation field:
The Directorate acts to develop foreign relations in the cyber field with friendly countries for various purposes such as information sharing, mutual R&D and more.
Background for the establishment of the Directorate
The State of Israel was among the first countries in the world to recognize the importance of defending its critical computerized systems. In 1997, "Tehila" (Government Infrastructure for the Internet Age – Israel's e-GOV project) was launched with the goal of protecting the connection of government offices to the internet and providing secure hosting for the governmental sites. In 2002, the Government of Israel resolved (in Resolution 84/b) to determine the areas of responsibility for protecting computerized systems in Israel, defining critical computerized infrastructure and establishing NISA (the National Information Security Authority), which regulates and advises critical infrastructures in the field of information security.
Given the development of cyberspace and the expansion of threats in that domain, in November 2010, the Prime Minister of Israel instructed that a taskforce be established which would work to formulate national plans that would place Israel among the top five countries leading the cyber field. This work, named "The National Cyber Initiative", was led by the High Committee for Science and Technology, headed by Chairman of the National Council for Research and Development, Prof. Gen. (Res.) Isaac Ben-Israel. The taskforce that was established included representatives of the main bodies in the cyber field in Israel (research, development, defense, etc.), and comprised a number of sub-committees, which 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.
The central recommendation made in the framework of the cyber initiative was to establish a national cyber directorate that would serve as an advising body serving the Government and its head. The main activities of the Directorate relate to the overall government policy and actions in the cyber sphere with a broad point of view, civilian and military alike. On August 7, 2011, the Government of Israel approved the establishment of the National Cyber Directorate and determined that the Directorate would lead the promotion of the cyber related matters in Israel, coordinate between the various bodies, enhance the protection of national infrastructure from cyber attack and encourage the advancement of the subject in the industrial sphere. All of this, with the vision of placing Israel among the top five countries leading in the field within a relatively short number of years.