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Public/Private Cyber Center Established with BGU

Public/Private Cyber Center Established with BGU

October 2, 2014

Homeland & Cyber Security, Press Releases

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, October 2, 2014 — BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of BGU, EMC Corporation, and Jerusalem Venture Partners recently announced the CyberSpark Industry Initiative, which will serve as a coordinating body for joint cyber industry activities with government agencies, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and academia.

The CyberSpark booth at the Cyber Tech conference in Tel AvivThe initiative will promote and market the region as a global cyber center, encourage joint academia-industry research studies, support the development of plans to recruit and develop human resources in the field, and create incentive plans to encourage other companies, both international and Israeli, to establish a presence in the region.

BGU is a central component of the new CyberSpark initiative, a complete ecosystem with all the components for global leadership in the cyber field. It is the only complex of its type in the world that is a government-academic-industry partnership and includes Fortune 500 companies and cyber-incubators, academic researchers and educational facilities, as well as national government and security agencies.

Roni Zehavi, high-tech entrepreneur and Israel Air Force test pilot has been appointed managing director. The company’s board of directors will be comprised of representatives of the founding companies and a public board will be created comprised of key players in the Israeli economy in the fields of education, government, academia, culture, and technology.

Netta Cohen, chief executive officer of BGN Technologies says, “BGU is a significant and active player in developing the Negev. The collaboration will strengthen the momentum of rapid development of the region. Seven years from now, there will be 11,000 people working in the cyber and high-tech industries in Beer-Sheva.”

Member of Knesset Erel Margalit who oversees the public board and is the founder of JVP adds, “We don’t want it to be the best place for cyber security in Israel, we want it to be the best place for cyber security in the world.”

According to Dr. Orna Berry, vice president for growth and innovation for EMC’s Centers of Excellence, “After forging the path as pioneers in the development of Beer-Sheva as an international high-tech and cyber zone, it is clear to us that realizing the vision and the transition from words to deeds requires an active high level of involvement on the part of local and international industry in the field. Creating the joint company is a necessary process to implement the operational plan to promote the cyber campus in Beer-Sheva.”

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.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications