Ofir Hason, CEO and Co-Founder, CyberGym

Ofir Hason

CEO & Co-Founder, CyberGym (Israel)

Ofir Hason is the CEO and Co-Founder of CyberGym. Graduate of the Israeli Defence Forces' prestigious Intelligence Corps Unit (8200), Ofir has over 15 years of experience in the development and characterisation of complex applications, products, and critical networks. He served for more than 7 years as a senior manager in Israel's National Information Security Authority (NISA/ISA). CyberGym is backed by Israel Electric Corp., a government-owned utility that fends off millions of cyberthreats every month. The training company's "white hat" hackers all have experience in the military or security agencies. Ofir, the former head of the Israel Shin Bet security agency's cyber unit, has a Master's degree in Information Systems from Ruppin Academic College, Israel and an MBA in Management Information Systems, Netanya Academic College, Israel. He has previously been involved in two successful technology start-ups in Israel.

Ofir Hason will be speaking on the following topic:

International Keynote Address: Israel's strategic response to the cyber threat

Israel is perceived as a world leader in cyber capabilities. In a report that examined the cyber preparedness of twenty-three countries, Israel received the highest score (4.5 stars out of 5). Israel has become a cybersecurity powerhouse at the centre of an $82 billion industry. Last year it exported $6.5 billion in cybersecurity products and convinced more than 30 multinationals to open local R&D centres. Current estimates reveal Israel has about 20% of the global private cybersecurity investment. Israel is constantly under attack. The secret to their existence is having technological superiority to their enemies. Cyber is not an exception. Developing operational capabilities in the cyber arena is essential to safeguarding Israel's national strength. Its economy and its future as a democratic and open society depend largely on the capability to protect the country's vital computer networks from any disruption of normal life. In this presentation, Ofir will discuss Israel's strategic positioning as a cybersecurity leader:

  • The government as coordinator.
  • The government as a business catalyst
  • Investing in human capital
  • Making the military a start-up incubator and accelerator
  • Innovative approach: thinking outside the (cyber) box

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