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BGU and Israel’s Cyber Bureau’s $8.5M Agreement

BGU and Israel’s Cyber Bureau’s $8.5M Agreement

April 24, 2014

Homeland & Cyber Security, Press Releases

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, April 23, 2014 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) signed a historic $8.5 million agreement with the Israel National Cyber Bureau to develop CyberSpark, which includes a National Cyber Research Center adjacent to BGU’s campus.

CyberSpark was conceived as an innovative research and development ecosystem of major multinational corporations, business incubators, BGU researchers, Israel Defense Force units, and government agencies all operating out of the new Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

“Under the three-year agreement, CyberSpark will advance long-term theoretical research and will become a foundational pillar of technological development in Israel in the field of cyber security,” says Prof. Dan Blumberg, deputy vice president of research and development and head of BGU’s Homeland Security Institute.

BGU has been a leader in cyber security research for more than a decade through the partnership with Deutsche Telekom (DT) Innovation Laboratories, a subsidiary of the German telecommunications company, located on the BGU campus. BGU Prof. Yuval Elovici, director of DT Laboratories and a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems Engineering, will also oversee CyberSpark and its collaboration with the University’s Homeland Security Institute.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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