The largest annual cybersecurity event in the world outside the US, Cybertech 2019, is coming back to Tel Aviv later this month, gathering thousands of industry leaders, top executives, venture capitalists, and government officials from across the world.
Featured speakers will include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is returning to Cybertech after a year’s absence, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) Yigal Unna, CheckPoint founder and CEO Gil Shwed, also a winner of the first Israel Prize in high-tech, and Dr. Orna Berry, a leading figure in the Israeli tech world.
The event will run over three days at the end of the month, January 28-30, at the Expo Tel Aviv, and is expected to draw some 15,000 attendees from over 80 countries.
Hundreds of startups, companies, and organizations will take part in the exhibition pavilion including the Israeli Mossad, the IDF’s elite 8200 Unit, the Israel Police’s anti-fraud Lahav 433 Unit, IBM, Microsoft, Dell-EMC, Deloitte, among many others.
The conference will host dozens of roundtables, panels, and discussions on the future of cybersecurity in fields such as medicine, finance, intelligence, aviation, the maritime industry, and IoT (the Internet of Things).
There will also be a startup competition where four selected companies will present a short pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of judges; the winning startup will be announced by Cybertech and YL Ventures at the end of the session.
Israel is considered a global leader in the cybersecurity field and is home to approximately 400 cybersecurity startups and companies. At last year’s Cybertech conference, former CIA director Gen (Ret) David H. Petraeus told the crowd that Israel may be a small country, geographically speaking, “but it is a cyber superpower.”
Speakers at the 2018 event spoke at length about the challenges ahead, the cyber threats posed by Iran to Israel, and called for more regional cooperation to address these issues.