Cybertech 2019: Israel’s Largest Event Breaks New Records

Cybertech Tel Aviv 2019 broke new records this year, with thousands of participants from over 70 countries, a massive exhibition featuring hundreds of companies and startups, and fascinating speeches, panels and seminars covering a variety of topics in the world of cyber

Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik

Cybertech Tel Aviv 2019, Israel’s largest event and the largest cyber technology event outside the US, concluded on Wednesday.

Thousands of people from over 70 countries participated in the three-day event, considered a global meeting point for the cyber industry.

Among the keynote speakers who addressed the conference was Israel’s Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that Iran launches cyberattacks on Israel on a daily basis, and that Israel constantly monitors and prevents cyberattacks from the Shi’ite country.

The Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, Yigal Unna, revealed that the INCD is planning to open additional national CERTs to help defend against cyberattacks.

Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Field CTO Diana Kelley spoke of the challenges facing the cybersecurity industry and said that her company invests about one billion dollars in information security every year.

Esti Peshin, General Manager of IAI’s Cyber Division, devoted her speech to national-level cyber challenges and solutions.

Haiyan Song, SVP Security Markets at Splunk, spoke about cybersecurity in an era of data explosion. 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Ehud Schneorson, Managing Director of Blumberg Capital and formerly the commander of IDF Unit 8200, said that "Cyberattacks are the war of sophisticated individuals who use state-of-the-art computer systems.”

Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies, stated categorically that cyberattacks are at the very top of the list of risks worldwide.

Former MK Dr. Erel Margalit, the founder and executive chairman of JVP, talked about the challenges of the modern era and the cyber threats facing democracy around the world.

Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, CTO at RSA, said that 150 countries suffered from cyberattacks in the last year, with cumulative damage of about four billion dollars. 

Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis said in his address that "five years ago, cybersecurity concerned only governments and leaders. Since then, cyberattacks have become a national challenge, where no country is immune.”

Prof. Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industries, said that seven out of ten German companies/industries suffered cyberattacks that caused substantial financial damages.

Prof. Dan Blumberg, Vice President of Ben-Gurion University, revealed that BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of BGU, has signed a strategic, multi-year research collaboration with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

As in previous years, Cybertech 2019 was chaired by Dr. Yossi Vardi, one of Israel’s early entrepreneurs. 

Alongside the conference, participants visited the massive exhibition that features hundreds of leading companies and promising startups in the field of cyber.

Throughout the three-day event, fascinating panels addressed a variety of issues, including national-level cybersecurity, preparing for the connected future, combined solutions for the physical and cyber world, banking and insurance in the cyber era, and more.

Prof. Eviatar Matania, the first General Director of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, and Meir Hayun, Head of Israel’s Child Online Protection Bureau, also took part in the event.

The interim commissioner of the Israel Police, Motti Cohen, also visited the exhibition. 

Cybertech Tel Aviv 2019 held several special events and seminars on various aspects of the cyber realm, including CyberMed – a seminar for the healthcare industry; Cyber robustness: hygiene, awareness and readiness; Cyber in the finance sector, Communications in the IoT era; Critical infrastructure and OT cybersecurity, Secrets of Unit 8200, and more.

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Photography: Gilad Kavalerchik, Ronen Topelberg, Lior Avitan, Orel Cohen