Cyber Threats to Infrastructure, Democracy and the IoT: How Israel Is One Step Ahead
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Prof. Yuval Elovici, a member of BGU’s Department of Information Systems Engineering, is the director of the University’s Cyber Security Research Center. He is also the director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU, which focuses on mobile data protection.
Prof. Elovici is involved in the establishment of CyberSpark, a national cyber complex in Beer-Sheva that is a coordinating body for cyber industry activities between government agencies, the public and academia. He also serves as a cyber security consultant to the private sector.
He holds a B.Sc.and M.Sc. in computer and electrical engineering from BGU, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Tel-Aviv University. Prof. Elovici has published more than 50 papers, presented over 80 papers worldwide, and co-authored books about social network security and information leakage detection and prevention. His main areas of research include computer and network security, cyber security, web intelligence, information warfare, social network analysis and machine learning.
Eric Benhamou has 40 years of information technology industry experience, including 13 years in venture capital. In 2003, he founded Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV) where he serves as managing director and invests in early stage IT companies focused on global enterprise and telecommunications markets.
BGV is part of the investment team that recently raised $6 million for Secret Double Octopus, a start-up based on Ben-Gurion University research that produces unhackable encryption software.Prior to BGV, Benhamou served as chief executive officer of 3Com from 1990 to 2000 and chairman until 2010. In 1998, he started 3Com Ventures, a $250 million corporate venture fund. He also served as CEO of Palm until 2003, and subsequently as chairman. Both 3Com and Palm were sold to HP in 2010.
For the past decade, Benhamou has taught entrepreneurship in business schools around the world including INSEAD, Stanford and IDC Herzliya’s Arison School of Business. He is on the advisory board of Stanford’s School of Engineering and is a member of the BGU Board of Governors.
Dr. Harry J. Saal, a business leader and philanthropist, is the chair of Retrotope, Inc. a pharmaceutical startup, based in Silicon Valley. The compounds under development at Retrotope have the potential to revolutionize the treatment and prevention of a wide variety of untreatable neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Dr. Saal has had extensive experience in a variety of senior management and technical positions, with both startup and large corporations. Ernst & Young named Dr. Saal the Bay Area 1990 Software Entrepreneur of the Year and he is also the recipient of the ADL Torch of Liberty Award, the ACM/Computer Museum 1994 Computer Bowl MVP, and the JNF Tree of Life Award. He also serves as a member of the BGU Board of Governors.