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Be’er Sheva Prepares to Be the New Israeli Silicon Valley

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The launching of the CyberSpark national cyber complex in Be’er Sheva this week prepares the way for what the “capital of the Negev” hopes will turn the city into Israel’s next Silicon Valley.

Lockheed Martin and IBM formally announced that they will set up their research activities in the park, joining Deutsche Telekom and EMC.

More than 450 heads of industry and cyber security agencies from around the world attended Tel Aviv’s Cybertech 2014, where the announcements of CyberSpark were made. Among those attending were 50 people from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, and top officials from Checkpoint, IBM, Cisco, EMC and Kaspersky.

“Beer-Sheva will not only be the cyber capital of Israel but one of the most important places in the cyber security field in the world,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the opening of the conference.

CyberSpark is being billed as the only complex of its kind in the world that includes industry leaders, academic research, leading security agencies, educational facilities and human capital specializing in cyber security and national government agencies.

Their goal is to produce a complete eco-system which will contain all the components needed to create a global leader in the cyber field by the pooling of resources, shared technology infrastructure construction and synergy of specialists, researchers and students.

Lockheed Martin to Help Launch Cyber Security Program in Israel

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Lockheed Martin and EMC Corp. announced on Sunday an agreement to invest in cyber security and other technology projects based in the new Advanced Technologies Park at Ben Gurion University .

The official launch ceremony for the agreement will take place tomorrow in Tel Aviv on Monday at the CyberTech 2014 International Exhibition and Conference.

Both companies said that the initial investment will establish a vehicle through which EMC and Lockheed Martin can engage local expertise to develop new solutions and offerings for the companies to bring to market.

Under the arrangement, Lockheed Martin and EMC will identify a series of development opportunities that can be contracted to Ben Gurion University, using local technology talent/

“Israel’s entrepreneurial and academic communities offer a unique combination of talent, innovation and pioneering spirit,” said Dr. Orna Berry, vice president and general manager of EMC’s Israel Center of Excellence.

EMC currently employs more than 1,000 people in Israel and has invested billions of dollars in the country through the acquisition of nine Israeli companies.

Lockheed Martin’s presence in Israel was primarily focused on aerospace and defense endeavors, but Dr. John D. Evans, vice president international engineering and technology, explained, “Our goal is to foster applied research and continued growth in Israel’s technology sector.”

Israeli Researchers Discover Security Gap in Samsung’s Galaxy S4

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Ben Gurion University security researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability in Samsung’s highly secure software on its flagship device the Galaxy S4.

The university’s Cyber Security Labs noted that the Samsun devices are based on the Knox architecture and that Samsung Knox is currently undergoing the U.S. Department of Defense approval review process.

Researchers believe that the breach in Samsung’s most advanced security-driven infrastructure for mobile phones enables easy interception of data communications between the secure container and the external world including file transfers, emails and browser activity.

The vulnerability was uncovered by Ph.D. student Mordechai Guri during an unrelated research task. Guri is part of a wider research team at the cyber security labs which focuses on mobile and other cyber related research topics.

“To us, Knox symbolizes state-of-the-art in terms of secure mobile architectures and I was surprised to find that such a big ’hole‘ exists and was left untouched,” he said.

Guri added, “The Knox has been widely adopted by many organizations and government agencies and this weakness has to be addressed immediately before it falls into the wrong hands. We are also contacting Samsung in order to provide them with the full technical details of the breach so it can be fixed immediately.”

The newly found breach can be used to bypass all Knox security measures. By simply installing an “innocent” app on the regular phone (in the non-secure container) all communications from the phone can be captured and exposed.

US Security Expert Warns of Dangers in Israel’s Digital Plan

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The director of a Washington-based security forum warns that Israel’s innovative plan to go digital could compromise its national security.

“There is national security and innovation and you have to find the right balance,” Cyber Security Forum Initiative chief Paul de Souza told Bloomberg News. The government plans to work with Cisco System to make Israel the first total digital country with a fiber-optic network built for Israel Electric Corp.

Cisco CERO John Chambers said last month that his company would secure the network  and make it “the best there is in security on a global basis.” The company also created a technology incubator in Israel for cyber defense startups.

De Souza warned that a failure to build a multi-layered and complex security system would allow criminals or terrorists to “harvest millions of zombies,” referring to computers that are compromised so they can be remotely controlled. “Imagine Israel with millions of zombies that have super capability and can bring down countries,” he said. “Not only can these computers attack Israel itself, but they can at the same time use Israel as a way to attack other countries in the whole false flag thing and put the blame on Israel.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-security-expert-warns-of-dangers-in-israels-digital-plan/2013/07/11/

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