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BGU Hosts Top U.S. Homeland Security Representatives

BGU Hosts Top U.S. Homeland Security Representatives

July 6, 2017

Homeland & Cyber Security, Press Releases

United States cyber security experts, including President Trump’s top homeland security advisor Thomas Bossert, visited Ben-Gurion University of the Negev last week in a visit arranged by CyberSpark, Beer-Sheva’s unique cyber security ecosystem.

CyberSpark is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership that acts as the central coordinating body for cyber industry activities in Beer-Sheva. It is a joint venture among BGU, the Israeli National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Beer-Sheva municipality, the Israel Defense Forces, and global companies, including Deutsche Telekom, EMC, RSA, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and PayPal.

Left to right: U.S. NSC Cybersecurity Coordinator Robert E. Joyce; BGU Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Dan Blumberg; Dell-EMC Beer-Sheva Center of Excellence Site Leader Maya Hofman Levy; and Thomas Bossert, assistant to the president of the United States for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Bossert, who is assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, was accompanied by Robert E. Joyce, National Security Council (NSC) cyber security coordinator; Michael Paul Sellitto, NSC director for cyber security policy; Andrew Hart Teitelbaum, his special assistant; and U.S. Embassy Representatives Darren Turner and Daniel Gage.

During the meeting, BGU Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Dan Blumberg said that, “CyberSpark is a combination of scientific capabilities and everyone’s willingness to cooperate on joint projects rather than just compete. BGU is the anchor that enables the ecosystem to thrive.”

Bossert also met with Dr. Mordechai Guri, head of research and development at the BGU Cyber Security Research Center; Roni Zehavi, CyberSpark chief executive officer; and representatives from Dell-EMC and PayPal. Bossert and his colleagues also toured the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU, Deutsche Telekom’s only R&D center outside of Germany, which is staffed by BGU faculty and students.

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. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

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