NewsJanuary 17, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

A Guide to CyberTech Israel 2017

CyberTech Israel 2017, one of the country’s most prominent security trade shows, will be held in Tel Aviv from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. There, security experts, researchers and vendors from all over the world will share the latest innovations and solutions with the international cybersecurity community.

Traditionally, the event has been a unique meeting place for security professionals and enthusiasts to present recent achievements and upcoming plans. Panels typically include government officials, corporate leaders and security luminaries from around the world, all of whom are eager to share insights and key announcements.

For example, IBM Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Software and Systems Steven A. Mills announced the inauguration of IBM’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, Israel, during a special keynote session honored by the presence of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at CyberTech 2014.

Don’t Miss the Action at CyberTech Israel 2017

CyberTech 2017 is expected to be every bit as inspiring as previous iterations of the conference. The action begins on Jan. 30 with an exhibition warm up. The real action, however, starts on the morning of Jan. 31 with a plenary session featuring keynotes by Netanyahu and corporate leaders such as IBM Vice President for Security Development and Technology Denis Kennelly and T-Systems Senior Vice President for Telekom Security Dirk Backofer.

In the afternoon, participants will have an opportunity to select from several parallel sessions. I plan to attend the session titled “National-Level Cyber Centers — Challenges and Opportunities,” mainly due to my team’s proximity to the Israeli Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Be’er Sheva and IBM’s involvement in that project. Other interesting sessions include “FinSec — Cyber Security for the Finance Industry,” which will feature a presentation on IBM’s antifraud technology, and “Proactive and Active Cyber Security,” which will teach attendees how to defeat cybercriminals using their own malicious techniques.

The plenary session on Feb. 1, the third day of CyberTech 2017, will also include keynotes by security thought leaders including Buky Carmeli, head of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority, and Dr. Danny Gold, head of Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT). Gold is the mastermind behind Israel’s Iron Dome antimissile defense system and, according to the Israel Defense magazine, now leads an effort to produce a similar “Cyber Dome.”

I signed up to moderate one of the many parallel sessions that will run that afternoon, titled “From Artificial Intelligence to Cognitive Computing: Innovative Solutions for Modern Cyber Challenges.” Panelists in this session include Vijay Dheap, who leads IBM’s Watson for Cyber Security offering; Dr. Robert Moskovich, an artificial intelligence expert from Ben-Gurion University; Dr. Eli David, an industrial expert on deep learning and natural language processing; and Isaac Dvir, a threat intelligence expert.

Rub Elbows With Experts

Additionally, CyberTech Israel 2017 will feature an inspiring Start-Up Pavilion where attendees can sample the latest and greatest inventions from over 200 emerging companies and pick the brains of the researchers behind them. Attendees will also be able to experience what big company names in the industry have to offer.

Representatives at IBM’s booth will conduct live demonstrations continuously and concurrently at five separate stations. If you see nothing else, be sure to check out our Cyber Research & Innovation and Cognitive Security stations. Members of IBM’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will be there to answer any questions you may have and discuss potential collaborations with partners.

Learn more and register to attend CyberTech 2017

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Dr. Yaron Wolfsthal

Head of Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Israel, IBM

Dr. Yaron Wolfsthal is the head of IBM's Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where his team of researchers collaborates with BGU scientists on development of leading-edge information security technologies. Dr. Wolfsthal has extensive experience in leading multinational research teams, and in his previous role he was head of the systems research area at IBM's Research Laboratory in Haifa. Dr. Wolfsthal represents IBM in European working groups on security and other professional bodies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, has authored over 50 scientific publications, and holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Computer Science and an MBA degree, all from the Technion - Israel's Institute of Technology.