Cyber security is emerging as one of the most challenging aspects of the information age. It has implications on national security, the economy, human rights, civil liberties and international legal frameworks. Cyber Security cannot be achieved in isolation by either government or industry alone, it requires joint efforts and collaboration. Israel is known for its prowess in developing innovative solutions in areas such as agriculture, medicine, clean-tech, hi-tech etc., which also extends to the emerging field of cyber security. An Indo-Israel cyber partnership is critical for India to meet its immediate goals in securing its cyber infrastructure and expanding opportunities for the country’s technology sector.
Cyber Week is an annual cyber security conference held at Tel Aviv University in Israel which is Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning. Cyber Week acts as a leading global platform for cyber experts to share their point of view on the challenges and opportunities in the cyber field. The conference is therefore comprised of a series of sessions, forums, workshops, conferences, and networking events that focus on a range of important and relevant topics in the field.
Coinciding with the Cyber Week, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been organising an Annual Cyber Security Mission to Israel since 2015.This year, CII is organising the 4th India Cyber Security Mission to Israel from June 17th – June 21st, 2018 with the objective to forge techno-business partnerships between Indian and Israeli industry, academic and research institutions in the areas of cyber security. Last year, the delegation was comprised of technology professionals from user companies, senior scientists and professors from academic and research institutions and new age entrepreneurs / start-ups, besides senior government officials.
The conference is hosted by the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), The Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Tel Aviv, Israel.
CII in partnership with Tel Aviv University would also be organising a separate Indo-Israel Workshop on June 18th, 2018, where Israeli counterparts from the similar stakeholder community would be present to explore partnerships.
The key takeaways for members from this mission includes:
-Exploring the emerging trends and technologies in cyber security such as AI and Blockchain
-B2B/B2G meetings between Indian & Israeli Governments and Industry
-Understanding the Industry and Academia perspectives on the subject
-Exploring various mechanisms and strategies to prevent and contain cyber-attacks.