“If we correctly use Israel’s advantages – it being a small country, its innovation and human capital, we’ll be able to make revolutions in cyber technologies in a world level, and world countries will learn from us. For this we need government cooperation with the academy and the industry”, said Dr. Tal Steinherz, CTO of the National Cyber Bureau.
Dr. Steinherz, who made his first public appearance at the Israeli Cyber Innovation panel at the Herzliya Conference. According to him, “the state has a role in encouraging innovation, and it is also true regarding cyber. Building Cyber defense may lead to increase in both economic and technological strength. We can achieve these goals if we manage to harness our advantages in the cyber market, that is estimated today at 60 billion USD and is set to double in 3-4 years.”
He also stated that “developed countries need national defense. The role of the state is manufacturing an ecosystem that will build the foundations to make this infrasturcture happen and thrive.”
An academy that’ll operate in the cyber world is necessary in the long run. The National Cyber Bureau, alongside the ministry of science and the Planning and Budget Committee of the ministry of education, is making quite an effort to bring the academy up to speed in this field, and we are assisting in creating research centers while continuing our long term plan to bring depth into it. In a few years, the state and the universities will produce a critical mass in cyber, that will put Israel at the scientific front”, he added.
One of the researches that the bureau is a partner in, taking place in Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Yielded a “Mechanical Fuse”, allowing the attacking machine identify it’s being attacked. Dr. Steinherz stated that “we help in researches that are trying to find a way to build Biometric databases without hurting privacy, and how transfer to safer net protocols.”
Dr. Steinherz concluded by saying that “Israel has may directions when it comes to cyber. It gives concessions to accelerate initiatives in the field, for example. The goal is that the activity of the different players, government, academy and industry, will progress swiftly. We must take advantage of our smallness, to become leaders in the cyber industry.