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Tel Aviv University to host leading international cyber conference

Prime Minister Netanyahu, Eugene Kaspersky to speak at annual forum on cybersecurity and technologies held at TAU

American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Cyber Week 2014, one of the most important annual cyber events, is slated to take place in Israel on September 14-17. The signature event of the conference series, the 4th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference, will be held at Tel Aviv University on September 14th - 15th.

The four-day conference, held jointly this year by TAU's Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, the National Cyber Bureau, the Prime Minister's Office and the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), will bring together leading international cyber experts, policymakers, researchers, security officials, and diplomats for an exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas concerning evolving cyber technologies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at the event. World-renowned experts, including antivirus software authority Eugene Kaspersky and Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, will share their insights with distinguished guests from around the world.

The conference will be chaired by Prof. Isaac Ben Israel, Head of the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop: "In order to succeed in building a secure cyber space, a paradigm shift is needed. This can be achieved through an effective cooperation between leaders in the academia, the industry, the government, and leading entrepreneurs who are creating next generation solutions."

World-class cybersecurity experts and policymakers, including MK Yaakov Perry, Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Gen. Keith Alexander, Former Head of the NSA, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General of the Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO, Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer of Co3 Systems, and Howard A. Schmidt, Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have also confirmed their attendance.

The opening kickoff for the 4th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference is the Cybersecurity Innovation Showcase at Tel Aviv University on September 14th, showcasing promising Israeli entrepreneurs, innovative cyber startup companies, venture capital funds and private equity principals. Cyber Week will include full-day tracks and sessions on the most challenging issues in cybersecurity on Sep. 15th, followed by a lecture series at Ben-Gurion University on September 16th, and concluding with roundtable forums at Tel Aviv University on September 17th.


American Friends of Tel Aviv University supports Israel's leading, most comprehensive and most sought-after center of higher learning, Tel Aviv University (TAU). Rooted in a pan-disciplinary approach to education, TAU is internationally recognized for the scope and groundbreaking nature of its research and scholarship -- attracting world-class faculty and consistently producing cutting-edge work with profound implications for the future. TAU is independently ranked 116th among the world's top universities and #1 in Israel. It joins a handful of elite international universities that rank among the best producers of successful startups.

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