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Israel’s Ministry of Defense has designated the coming year as the nation’s Year of Cyber Security Exports, as a cyber conference in Tel Aviv prepares to underline the need to protect governments and corporations from cyber terror.

The ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) is a key partner in the 2016 HLS and Cyber conference which begins Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Tel Aviv.


“We identified specific opportunities and needs in more than 20 countries around the world with whom SIBAT has close ties,” said SIBAT director Mishel Ben Baruch. “We are centralizing a special effort to connect … Israel’s cyber industries to the needs of our friends around the world.”

Delegations from around the world are gathering in Israel for the conference with a keen interest Israeli technology, in particular, its cyber developments.

Each country with which SIBAT works has a need for cyber security solutions, with some of the world’s most advanced, leading countries seeking collaborative research and development, whether through the Ministry of Defense or Israeli industries. There is also great demand for varied solutions, including state cyber protection, as well as training and solutions to defend from a host of organizations.

At the end of every year, SIBAT holds a strategic assessment for the defense world, including an up to date status report identifying future trends in all relevant fields for the target audiences of SIBAT and the Israeli defense industries.

This year, a situational analysis focusing on the defensive and military cyber spheres is also set to take place. The “cyber situational assessment” will identify specific opportunities and needs in over twenty countries across the globe, in which SIBAT has representatives and close ties with military clients, local police and government officials.

“Cyber warfare is combat terrorism,” says Baruch. “Cooperation between nations is necessary to eliminate and reduce the vulnerability and prices paid by countries as a result of cyber-attacks.

“We identified specific opportunities and needs in more than 20 counties around the world, with which SIBAT has close ties.

“The Israeli defense industries have amazing capabilities in research and development and technology, some of which involves traditional defense technologies being adapted for cyber. Our industries have excellent marketing capabilities and the ability to bring clients tailored, flexible solutions.”

A survey of SIBAT customers has shown a wide need and several trends in the field of cyber exports, according to the ministry.

Among the needs identified are the development and supply of ‘cyber vaccines’ for weapons and command and control systems, establishment of an advanced national CERT center, protection of strategic facilities, establishment of SOC centers, training and trainers, cyber crime and advanced cyber services.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.