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Israeli mission to the UN to host cyber summit

The event will feature the White House point person on cybersecurity along with industry executives and experts.

United Nations headquarters in New York. Credit: Pixabay.
United Nations headquarters in New York. Credit: Pixabay.

In an effort to lead the way in cross-sector cyber collaboration, the Israeli mission to the United Nations will host the first Israeli Cyber Summit at the U.N. on Tuesday.

Israel, a global leader in cybersecurity, will host leaders from across the industry as the mission partners with Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) and the Tel Aviv-based Team8 venture group, which seeks to create a broad community to identify and solve complex digital security challenges.

Stronger Together: Collaboration for a Cyber-Safe World will take place at U.N. headquarters in New York City starting at noon.

The event will focus on defensive cyber action, including a discussion among senior executives about “cooperation in order to produce tools to deal with the threats of cyber-attacks on critical civilian infrastructure including hospitals, government offices and more,” according to a statement from the mission.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan will host the event, which will feature U.S. Principal Deputy National Cyber Director Kemba Eneas Walden, Team8 co-founder and managing partner Nadav Zafrir, U.N. Chief Information Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary-General Bernardo Mariano Joaquim Junior, and the INCD’s Executive Director of International Cooperation Aviram Atzaba. 

A panel of cyber experts from the private sector including industry giants such as Microsoft, Rockwell Automation and JupiterOne will talk about promoting defensive cyber partnerships between the public and private sectors.

“Cyber threats are no longer solely a result of behavior by rogue states but are today’s tools for criminal groups, private hackers and terrorist organizations,” the Israeli mission said. “This reality requires states to reassess their actions, and more than that, it demands that the global community considers how to strengthen digital security and how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.”

U.N. ambassadors from various countries are expected to be in attendance as well.

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