Besides defending Israel’s political and economic interests, ambassadors, embassy officials, and liaisons of the government of Israel have another job – telling the story of Israel’s high-tech success to the world. To that end, more than 120 senior Israeli diplomats gathered to hear all about what Israel is doing in a wide range of tech areas, with representatives of some of the country’s technology companies explaining to them, in easy to understand and non-technical language, some of the details of Israel’s high-tech miracle.
This was the fifth time diplomats gathered for the Heads of Mission conference, organized by and held at the Foreign Ministry. The event, held last week, was attended by top Ministry officials, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and President Shimon Peres.
The range of subjects included the usual foreign ministry-centric topics – Israel’s relations with the Arab world, negotiations with the Palestinians, the Iran issue, etc. – but this year, the agenda included presentations by several of Israel’s top tech companies. Among those presentations was one by Andrei Dolkin, a top executive of Israeli cyber-security company CyberArk.
With cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism, and cyber-insecurity – exemplified by the Edward Snowden affair, in which a mid-level technician was able to walk away with thousands of super-secret CIA documents – Dolkin discussed the threats to nations and organization. The emphasis, of course, was how these issues affect Israel, and can even affect their offices, which are likely targets of hackers seeking to steal information about Israel they think might be valuable.
Dolkin also explained how CyberArk defends data, preventing non-authorized users from getting into a system in the first place by using “privileged” accounts, like those of administrators. CyberArk, Dolgin told the diplomats, is one of the premier companies in the world in this area, with hundreds of the largest companies in the U.S. and Europe as clients.
Other companies that presented their technologies to the diplomats included Magisto, which is developing a free, advanced on-line video editing platform; OrCam, which produces an “artificial sight” device for the near-blind; CyberGym, the Israel Electric Company’s team that fights hack attacks on Israel’s energy infrastructure; and BriefCam, a system that allows for quick searching of video, such as searching out incidents in security footage.
All of the technologies are made in Israel, the MFA said, and they all help to solve problems commonly experienced around the world. “These technologies can help people in many countries, and they are available only in Israel,” an MFA spokesperson said. “With these presentations, our representatives abroad can also help represent Israeli high-tech, bringing solutions to the countries where they are posted, and helping advance Israeli high-tech exports.”