First Israel-Australia Cyber Security Dialogue

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Monday, August 1st, 2016


Last week, the first Israel Australia Cyber Dialogue was convened by the Israel Trade Commission and the recently established Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre.

The Dialogue was the Growth Centre’s first event since its recommended formation by the Federal Government following the release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda Report in December 2015.

During the Dialogue, leaders from the Australian and Israeli industries of cyber security had the opportunity to meet and discuss similarities and differences in the development and trajectories of their respective cyber communities.

The discussion focused on the government’s role in providing a framework and regulations for developing the industry. In this field, Australia can draw lessons from Israel’s experience when developing its new cyber initiatives.

Australian government representatives included the joint chairs of the Cyber Security Growth Centre, Adrian Turner and Doug Elix, as well as the Special Advisor on Cyber Security to the Prime Minister of Australia, Alistair McGibbon.

Leading figures from the Australian cyber security private sector were also represented, and included the Commonwealth Bank’s Chief Information Security Officer Ben Hayes, CISCO’s Head of Cybersecurity Gary Hale, as well as senior representatives from IBM amongst others.

The Israeli sector was represented by Ethy Levy, the Israel Trade Commissioner, Richard Vesely, Senior Director of Trade Development in charge of the Cyber Security industry, as well as CEOs from six innovative Israeli cyber security startups who brought unique viewpoints on their own sub-sectors of expertise.

The Dialogue created a very open and positive framework for discussion and exchange of ideas. We can certainly expect additional discussions in the future.

The attending Israeli companies were part of a Cyber Security Delegation from Israel, with delegates taking part in a series of meetings and events in Sydney and Melbourne.

This was the second delegation from Israeli cybersecurity companies in the last 12 months, and for many participating Israeli companies, it was their first interaction with the Australian market.

The delegation met with the security teams from the four major Australian banks, as well as AMP and Telstra.

The participating Israeli companies are all startups in the cyber field and have all realized the growth potential that exists in the Australian cyber security market.

The feedback from the Australian companies was extremely positive, and several deals have already been initiated following the visit.

The delegation consisted of 6 Israeli companies;
ACID Technologies – Threat detection system that would alert users to threats when they first emerge, in real-time. Open for Investment
CommuniTake Technologies –  They have a mobile security platform that unifies hardened mobile device, custom security-rich mobile operating system, central command and governance center, robust Omni-channel support, and remote control technology. Looking for representation in the Australian market.
Cyberbit – Solutions in SOC management and real time decision support (MnR), SCADA network insights and security (SCADA AnD) and cyber security training (TnS).
CyberHat – CyberHat specializes in cyber defense, intelligence, Cyber and IT security assessments, reviews, Hacking, Monitoring and a wide range of professional and technical services.
SecuredTouch – cutting edge platform which enables a seamless and persistent identity verification for mobile apps and websites based on users’ behavioral metrics combining advanced algorithms and machine learning.
Votiro – essential protection against undisclosed and zero-day exploits utilized in cyber-attacks. The company’s Secure Email Gateway provides a robust process and patented anti-exploit technology for cleansing incoming files from potential cyber-threats.

This delegation was in the lead up to HLS Israel 14-17 November. HLS is the meeting point of the Cyber Security and HomeLand Security industries in Israel. For more information on this, please contact our office.