Israel: A cyber security powerhouse

The major cyber-attacks of the last year – including NotPetya, Wannacry and the Equifax breach –have put security on the global agenda. A country now central to the world’s thriving $82 billion industry is Israel.

With a booming market that is leading it to be known across the world as a cyber security superpower, last year Israel’s investment in the area was second only to the US. And the market is maturing quickly: 2017 saw 60 newly founded cyber security start-ups emerging in Israel, with another 83 companies founded in 2016.

Like many countries, Israel has been impacted by recent cyber-attacks. The Wannacry cryptoworm affected hospitals in the country, while #OpIsrael saw coordinated assaults on websites including denial of service (DoS) attacks and database leaks by anti-Israel groups.

Yet the country’s government realises there are global opportunities to counteract such assaults on Israel and its peers. It was with this in mind that last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a new head of cyber security Yigal Unna, to head the National Cyber Directorate, incorporating two newly-merged entities.

International cooperation

Israel’s merged cybersecurity units, the National Cyber Bureau and the National Cyber Security Authority are responsible for all aspects of cyber defence, including policy and building technological power.

Israel’s talents are also being exported overseas, including to the US, which is already utilising the country’s growing capabilities. Indeed, in 2017 a US-Israeli bilateral cyber working group was set up with the aim of developing cyber security products to be tested in Israel and taken back to America.

Thomas Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism, says the working group will focus on issues such as protecting critical infrastructure. 

Israel is also working with Singapore to create over 300 cybersecurity start-ups and last year exported $6.5 billion in cybersecurity products.

Fighting cyber attacks

There has never been a more important time to fight cyber-crime. According to the PwC Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, the business impact of cyber-attacks is increasing. But at the same time, more than a quarter of companies (28%) do not know how many breaches they have had.

According to the PwC, only two in five UK companies (44%) formally collaborate with industry peers to improve security and reduce the potential for future risks, compared with 54% across Europe and 58% globally.

Exclusive, invite-only cyber security conference for senior professionals

Following the success of our cyber security events across Europe with high profile guests including an exclusive appearance by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, our new Tel Aviv conference will include more networking time, more streams and bigger name speakers than ever before. The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 will be a closed-door, invite-only conference and expedition featuring 600 hand-picked senior executives from major global firms.

The event is aimed at board level executives and senior IT decision-makers from government and industries including critical infrastructure, retail, healthcare and financial services.

The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 will harness the powerhouse of cyber security talent in this country to help businesses to stay one step ahead of attackers through a number of insightful sessions not available at any other security conference.

In just one day, the event will provide essential intelligence that enables senior personnel to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals as the attack surface expands. Through a number of detailed sessions, the conference covers today's trends and threats across the world - as well as those of the future - equipping delegates with the tools and technology needed to cope in an increasingly complex landscape.

It follows the huge success of our events in Europe in 2018. Capitalising on the success of previous events, this one-day exclusive conference brings 600 senior decision-makers face to face with leading cyber security specialists. Covering the strategic needs of all enterprises, the conference provides delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the field and gain hands-on experience with the latest technology.

A programme with a difference

The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 features a unique programme that allows delegates to choose the topics that interest them most.

There will be an increased opportunity to network with CSOs and senior board level colleagues. Meanwhile, sessions will deliver top level intelligence briefings on cyber security – featuring new technologies and trends.

Rather than simply delivering a generic overview of the latest developments, these sessions will be structured in a practical way that helps delegates to enhance the cyber security strategies of their organisations.

In the afternoon, delegates will learn key strategic information on the hottest topics in cyber security at the moment, delivered by major organisations that are leading the thinking and development in these fields.

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 or register as a delegate.

Unrivalled opportunities for cyber security specialists

The associated The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 exhibition provides suppliers in this field with an unrivalled platform to showcase their products and services. 

The exhibition will benefit from a high volume of visitors throughout the day, with the targeted nature of the conference drawing a national audience of senior decision-makers. 

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security Israel 2018 or contact us if you would like to register as an exhibitor. There are also opportunities to sponsor so please get in contact ASAP for details. As always, we extend a very warm welcome to all our colleagues who share a commitment to improving data security.