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Announcing “CyberSpark” in Beer-Sheva

Announcing “CyberSpark” in Beer-Sheva

January 28, 2014

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BEER-SHEVA, Israel, January 28, 2014 – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) President Rivka Carmi announced yesterday the establishment of a national cyber complex in Beer-Sheva, called CyberSpark.

“Beer-Sheva will not only be the cyber capital of Israel, but one of the most important places in the cyber security field in the world,” Prime Minister Netanyahu declared yesterday at the opening of a two-day Cybertech International Conference and Exhibition in Tel Aviv, sponsored by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the National Cyber Bureau, the Israel Defense Journal, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi (R); Vice President of IBM, Steve Mills (2-R); and Mayor of Beer-Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich (L) at Cybertech 2014. Photo credit: Kobi Gideon

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi (R); Vice President of IBM, Steve Mills (2-R); and Mayor of Beer-Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich (L) at Cybertech 2014. Photo credit: Kobi Gideon

“Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a leading center of innovation in information security, partnering with industry, security agencies and the government in a variety of tasks to protect Israel’s digital borders,” said BGU President Rivka Carmi.

“We are at the forefront of cyber security research and are training the security researchers of tomorrow.”

View a brief video clip of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks here >>

At the Cybertech Conference, Fortune 500 companies Lockheed Martin and IBM both announced they would invest in CyberSpark R&D facilities, joining Deutsche Telekom, EMC, RSA, and many startups at CyberSpark in Beer-Sheva’s new Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) and at BGU.

“I think it’s phenomenal what they’re trying to do. I’ve never seen such a collaboration in the incubation of new technology,” Lockheed Martin Vice President of Global Solutions Robert Eastman told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

“Israel is one of the best when we look at cyberdefense, and it also is one of the best incubators of new technology and innovation.”

The 15-building ATP will be the only type of complex of its kind in the world that includes Fortune 500 companies and cyber-incubators, academic researchers and educational facilities, as well as national government and security agencies.

Together, they will produce a complete eco-system with all the components for global leadership in the cyber field: a common physical space, allowing the pooling of resources, shared technology infrastructure construction and a synergy of specialists, researchers and students.

“The new CyberSpark complex is a significant step ahead for BGU in the global cybersecurity playing field,” explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

“It is attracting the world’s largest companies, who will need to hire our graduates and researchers and fund our startups, as well as have a positive impact on the ‘brain drain’ that has been an issue for Israel,” said Krakow.

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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