Scaling up Cyber Capacity Building: The Sectoral Approach to Critical Infrastructure Protection

Scaling up Cyber Capacity Building: The Sectoral Approach to Critical Infrastructure Protection

Conference | English

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023


- Buchman Law Faculty-Hoofien Hall (105)


Cyber resilience of critical national infrastructure is increasingly at the heart of a country’s overall sustainable development. As countries continue to invest in their digital transformation and rely on digital technologies to modernize their critical infrastructures, governments need new approaches to assess their cyber preparedness and better safeguard the safety, security, and resilience of their critical sectors.


To address this challenge, the World Bank’s Digital Development Global Practice, in collaboration with Tel Aviv University are developing the Sectoral Cybersecurity Maturity Model (SCMM) to assess and improve critical sectors' cybersecurity maturity and resilience.

The SCMM aims to examine critical sectors of the economy to identify and analyze gaps in cybersecurity practices, capabilities, and resources within a sector and develop a roadmap to gradually mature the sector’s ability to manage cyber risks and address the continually evolving cyber threat environment.

The sectoral approach was piloted in 4 critical sectors – health, financial services, electricity, and digital infrastructure/ telecommunications – across 11 countries in Africa and Asia.


Participants in this session will hear from Tel Aviv University and World Bank's experts, along with senior officials from Latin America and Africa and cybersecurity experts from the U.S. and Israel who will share good practices, opportunities, and challenges in building cyber resilience of critical infrastructure. Bridging the gap between development and cybersecurity communities is vital for sustainable development. Tel Aviv University extends an invitation to all stakeholders to join these efforts and partner with the Regional Cyber Resilience Lab ( in scaling up critical infrastructure protection.


The State of Israel contributed to the Cybersecurity Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the broader Digital Development Partnership (DDP) Umbrella Program, administered by the World Bank Group, and is embracing the efforts to integrate cybersecurity and cyber resilience in the international development agenda.




Gathering and Registration


Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Sectoral Approach

Aviram Atzaba , Executive Director for Strategy & International Cooperation , Israel National Cyber Directorate

Hagai Mei Zahav , Senior Cybersecurity Specialist , The World Bank, Digital Development Practice

Dr. Lior Tabansky , Head of Cyber Research Development , Blavatnik ICRC, Tel Aviv University


Aligning demand and supply of cyber capacity building

Moderator - Dr. Melanie Garson , Cyber Policy Lead , Tony Blair Institute for Global Change



Dr. Susana Cordeiro Guerra , Manager of the Institutions for Development Sector , Inter-American Development Bank


Panel discussion

Major Gbota Gwaliba , Director General , National Cybersecurity Agency of Togo

Roi Yarom , Head of Cybersecurity Policy , European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Francesca Spidalieri , Cybersecurity & Digital Development Consultant , The World Bank

Palakiyem Assih , Head of , National CERT of the Togolese Republic

Wouter Veenstra , Manager Global Outreach & Partnerships , Global Forum on Cyber Expertise


Lessons from Industry - Transferring Good Practice to the Development Community

Moderator - Eynan Lichterman , CTO Cyber , Liacom Systems Ltd

Sounil Yu , CISO and Head of Research , JupiterOne

Kobi Lechner , Co-Founder , Rescana

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