Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv, open Cybertech 2014, the first international cyber conference in Israel. Attending the conference will be hundreds of guests from around the world including corporate leaders, cyber defense experts, foreign government officials, international experts, senior investors, and multi-national companies, as well as Israeli start-ups.
The conference is being led by the Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB) in the Prime Minister's office, led by Dr. Eviatar Matania, IsraelDefense, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Prime Minister Netanyahu will speak at 09:30 and afterwards hold a special meeting with senior cyber leaders from around the world, including Nation-E, Skycure, MADSEC and ThetaRay. Hundreds of Israeli companies and approximately 20 foreign technology company research and development centers currently operate in Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting (January 26): "I returned this morning from my successful visit to Davos. The purpose of the visit was to detail the advantages of the Israeli hi-tech and cyber defense industries to the leading forces in the world, both countries and new non-state forces, such as international organizations that are as strong as countries, even major powers. The good news is that Israel is very much in demand.
The interest in Israel is very great. The desire to operate here is very great. I estimate that in the coming year we will see the results of both this activity and that of our other actions, i.e. the entry of new companies into Israel, especially in the cyber market, and the expansion of their business activities within Israel, which is already happening.
I met there with the largest companies, including Google, Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft and various cyber companies in both individual and group meetings.
It is widely understood that in the information age information must be protected, otherwise there will be chaos, the jungle. This is becoming a positive component in all new economic developments. The assessment is that Israel, due to our special circumstances could offer various solutions in this area. It is clear that there is a great opportunity and challenge for us here, first of all to ensure a favorable – and not hostile – business climate for these companies, and secondly, to ensure that our education system will be able to deliver the right tools to our boys and girls so that they will be able to continue to develop with the ability to bring results."
INCB head Dr. Matania said, "In the cyber age, it is absolutely clear that in order to defend against threats, major investment must be made in building significant technological infrastructures. International cooperation based on technology is vital for success and is the main basis behind the conference. The State of Israel is the natural place to hold this unique event which will constitute the first platform of its kind for the global cyber industry and will aid in placing Israel as a cyber power pursuant to the Prime Minister's remarks in Davos."
Prof. Rivka Carmi, President of Ben Gurion University, the key academic backer of the conference, said: “Our university, with Israel’s first Master's program and even undergraduate courses in the field, views this conference as a key showcase for the capabilities of Israel's engineers and computer scientists.”