Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Visits BGU
September 30, 2016
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led a large delegation to BGU recently to discuss with University heads the opportunities for “real collaboration” in the field of cyber security research.
The delegation included some of the governor’s top officials, representatives of four Maryland universities and prominent members of Maryland’s Jewish community.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” Governor Hogan says. “Maryland is the cyber capital of the U.S. and Beer-Sheva is the cyber capital of Israel.”
Mike Gill, Maryland’s secretary of commerce who was part of the delegation, noted that Maryland has great assets to support cyber security research, such as Fort Mead and the NSA.
University of Maryland Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Antonio Moreira, another attendee, discussed how 60 percent of U of M students study computer science or engineering.
“Partnerships are the secret to our success,” says Moreira.
BGU was represented by Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Dan Blumberg. Cyber Security Research Center Director Prof. Yuval Elovici also represented the University, highlighting BGU innovation in finding and fixing previously undiscovered cyber security flaws in the applications we use every day.
The upbeat and optimistic mood of the meeting was in full display as attendees placed significant emphasis on generating real partnerships beyond those simply on paper.