The America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) co-hosted a twelve-member delegation representing prominent cybersecurity writers, journalists, practitioners, and researchers, at the Cybertech 2016 Conference in Tel Aviv. Among the goals for the participants in this 5-day delegation to Israel are: to facilitate a mutual exchange of information security expertise and to learn more about the latest trends driving the security industry in Israel.
The delegation was co-sponsored by the government of Israel and the America-Israel Friendship League, whose mission is to strengthen the relationship between the people of the United States and Israel, by presenting to our AIFL Community members the inspiring virtues of Israel with emphasis on beyond-the-conflict topics.
The 2016 Cyber delegation is one more link in the chain of the AFIL’s most prominent programs designed to bring young American leaders to Israel, where they can learn about Israeli technological innovations, conduct a collaborative exchange of ideas and the appreciation of shared values between the U.S. and Israel.
Throughout the visit, the leadership delegation focused on Israel’s cybersecurity eco-system, and the members met with Israeli security company CEOs such as Gil Shwed of Check Point Software Technologies, senior Israeli leaders such as PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and other promising leaders in academia, industry, and defense.
The U.S. delegation included some of the most respected thinkers and writers in the field of cybersecurity, such as Adam Segal, Director of Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program for the Council on Foreign Relations; Anthony M. Freed, Director of Corporate Communications at Evident.io; Richard Stiennon, author and Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest; Ben Rothke, author, CISSP CSO, Senior eGRC Consultant at Nettitude Group; Rob Pegoraro who writes for Yahoo Tech and USAToday.com; Ron Woerner, Director for Cybersecurity Studies Bellevue University; Ed Covert who works for a prominent management and technology consulting firm in Washington, DC, Arya Yeganeh, a staff writer for The Foreign Desk; Alan Weinkrantz a Tech PR / Strategic Communications advisor, David Strom who writes for SearchSecurity.com, SecurityIntelligence.com and Network World, and Anne C. Bader the founder of The International Cybersecurity Dialogue.
“Israel has long been at the forefront of information security innovation. Participating in this delegation represents a great opportunity to learn more about the people, processes, and technologies that are driving the latest security developments in both the public and private sectors,” said Freed.