The Israeli Ministry of Education has partnered with Lockheed Martin to enrich a national cybersecurity curriculum for high school students in Israel, sharing industry best practices and partnering on workshops and competitions. The partnership was discussed during CyberTech 2015 conference and exhibition, held in Tel Aviv.
Initiated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March 2014, the partnership brings together cybersecurity and education experts from the Israeli Ministry of Education, Israeli National Cyber Bureau, Lockheed Martin and the University of Maryland to increase the number of Israeli cyber and computer science professionals.
Dr. Ofer Rimon, Head of Technology and Information Administration, Israeli Ministry of Education said "the Ministry of Education invests resources in expanding the number of students studying math, science and technology in high level and fostering and training teachers.
“Israelis place a high cultural value on technology and innovation, which today requires an equally highly skilled and knowledgeable cyber workforce to protect it,” said Joshua Shani, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Israel. “We are excited to lend our expertise to developing that workforce for the benefit of Israel’s economy and national security.”
Among the early results of the partnership, Lockheed Martin is sponsoring SkillZ the first Israeli national cyber competition of its kind, which will take place on April 27 in Tel-Aviv. Nationwide, students from 70 high schools majoring in computer science and software engineering are participating in the competition, supported by local high-tech industry and academia mentors.
The competition follows a successful two-day Train-the-Trainer Cyber Education Workshop for ten Israeli educators and curriculum developers hosted by Lockheed Martin at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The two-day training shared educational best practices and created a deeper understanding of cybersecurity from an industry perspective.
Lockheed Martin Israel, headquartered in Tel Aviv, is the Israeli-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Through partnerships with local industry, Lockheed Martin Israel supports the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. With more than 40 years of experience in-country, Lockheed Martin is proud to provide Israel with innovative global security and citizen services capabilities.