Inviting Cyber Attacks on Your Smartphone


Omer Schwartz

How secure is your smartphone? Do you know what you can do to help the hackers who increasingly see it as a desired and lucrative target?

Yossi Oren’s research lab at Ben-Gurion University in Israel is dedicated to exploring vulnerabilities emerging from this interface, “cyberattacks that allow the extraction of secret information from various devices by exploiting their precise physical behaviors such as power consumption, electromagnetic emanations, heat or vibration.”

Together with a group of foreign journalists, members of the press delegation to Cyber Week 2017 hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I watched as Omer Schwartz, one of Oren’s graduate students, demonstrated what could happen to your data when you install on your phone a replacement part.

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The Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of Self-Driving Cars


Yuval Diskin

At Black Hat 2015, the talk of this annual gathering of cybersecurity experts was the remote hacking into and subsequent control of a Jeep Cherokee driving 70 mph on a public highway. Preparing for an autonomous future, the many ways by which today’s cars are linked to the internet—and the new opportunities and risks these connections imply—multiply exponentially. “The connected car is changing the automotive industry from inside,” says Yuval Diskin.

Diskin is former head of Israel’s internal security service (Shin Bet) and Chairman of CyMotive Technologies. Five years ago, he and two former Shin Bet colleagues co-founded a cybersecurity consultancy.






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How Israel Became a Cybersecurity Powerhouse

Israel_cyber_netanyahu“Cyber is a great business. It’s growing geometrically because there is never a permanent solution, it’s a never-ending business,” said Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, at Tel-Aviv University’s 7th Annual Cybersecurity Conference. Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announced at the event the creation of a US-Israeli bilateral cyber working group that will develop “innovative cyber defenses we can test here and then take back to America.”

Israel has become a cybersecurity powerhouse at the center of an $82 billion industry (not counting spending on internal security staff and processes).

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Jobs Displaced by AI and Automation

Infographic: Autocomplete: Jobs Under Threat From Automation | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation (PDF–5MB), assesses the number and types of jobs that might be created under different scenarios through 2030 and compares that to the jobs that could be lost to automation.

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Empow Delivers AI-based Cybersecurity

Android with a binary code key

The cost of cybersecurity is proportional to the square of the number of products required for adequate defense. This Cyber Law (you read it here first) means that the proliferation of types of cyberattacks and attackers leads to the proliferation of innovative security solutions, each focused on one narrow aspect of cyber defense. The result is increased cost and complexity of cybersecurity management, including increased number of false alerts and increased investment in the resources required to orchestrate the multitude of products and to train security personnel in the specific language and rules of each security solution.

“Enterprises invest in so many security tools because there is not one product that can protect them from all types of attacks,” says Avi Chesla, founder and CEO of cybersecurity startup Empow. “What is needed is an ecosystem that will treat these siloed tools as one defensive system, from detection and identification to investigation of the attack and then mitigation and remediation.”


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Train for the Next Cyber Attack at CyberGym


CyberGym CEO Ofir Hason demonstrates breaking into an ATM network

The 2017 Check Point cybersecurity survey found that almost 65% of U.S. IT professionals did not feel confident in their organization’s overall security posture. Israeli startup CyberGym aims to bolster their confidence and enhance their defensive skills by providing training that immerses the participants in real-life-like cyber warfare experience.

“Before you go into a boxing fight,” says Ofir Hason, CyberGym’s CEO and co-founder, “you want to get the feeling of getting punched in your face. You want to do it in a training facility, with a trainer who knows what he’s doing.  We provide companies, critical infrastructure organizations, and government agencies, with the right experience just before the real cyber attack.”


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Intel, Team8 and Illusive Networks Collaborate on Cybersecurity

Intel announced today it has joined the cybersecurity syndicate established by Team8, a unique Tel-Aviv-based startup-creation platform focused on developing new cybersecurity solutions. In addition, Intel announced it will work with one of Team8’s companies, Illusive Networks, to develop a solution to combat Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) by combining hardware and software competencies.

“This is very exciting—it will allow us to work at the hardware level,” says Nadav Zafrir, Team8 CEO.

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