Israel to hold cybersecurity conference in Beverly Hills

Cybertech powwow stems from 2014 cooperation pact signed by PM Netanyahu and California Gov. Edmund Brown

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the CyberTech 2016 conference in January (Courtesy)
File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the CyberTech 2016 conference in January (Courtesy)

Cybertech, the organizer of Israel’s largest cybersecurity conference, will hold its first event in Beverly Hills on Thursday, June 30, in partnership with Israel’s Los Angeles consulate general and the City of Beverly Hills.

“In the face of new threats we encounter daily, individuals, organizations and states are required to produce innovative, unique solutions to strengthen the resilience of sensitive communication systems they rely on every day,” Amir Rappaport, the chief executive of Cybertech, said in an emailed statement.

“For this purpose, it is essential to be aware of the latest developments in the cyber defense market.”

The collaboration between the City of Beverly Hills and Israel is a direct result of an agreement signed in 2014 by California Governor Edmund Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for cooperation in projects and research.

The intention of the collaboration with the City of Beverly Hills is “to promote professional cooperation and trade partnerships in areas such as cybersecurity, water innovation, and public safety,” the statement said.

“Israel is second only to the United States in global private investment in cybersecurity firms, with half a billion dollars flowing to the sector annually,” David Siegel, consul general of Israel to the Southwest United States, said in the statement. “This conference will create new groundbreaking opportunities for both our countries.”

Cybertech Beverly Hills will include panel discussions on cyber-crime investigations, financial technology, media and entertainment and critical infrastructure. The event will also hold an exhibition of new technologies from Israeli and US start-ups and companies, including Palo Alto Networks, CyberArk and Fortscale.

Cybertech has held cyber solutions events in Tel Aviv, Singapore and Toronto. Its Tel Aviv event, one of the largest in the field outside the US, has over 12,000 participants annually from over 50 countries, the statement said.

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