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Four US officials in Tel Aviv for Israel Cyber Week

Nathaniel Fick, ambassador at large for cyberspace and digital policy, is one of three U.S. officials who will speak at the event.

Nathaniel Fick
Nathaniel Fick, the inaugural U.S. ambassador at large for cyberspace and digital policy. Credit: U.S. State Department.

Nathaniel Fick, the inaugural U.S. ambassador at large for cyberspace and digital policy, will deliver remarks at Israel Cyber Week and meet with Israeli counterparts and U.S. and Israeli private sector representatives on a June 26 to 29 trip to Tel Aviv, the U.S. State Department stated.

Per the event’s website, Fick’s remarks are titled “Capture the Flag: Defending Taiwan’s Democracy from Foreign Interference.”

Liesyl Franz, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for international cyberspace security, will join Fick at the annual, international event (now in its 13th year), per Foggy Bottom.

“In their bilateral engagements and in Ambassador Fick’s formal remarks at the Israel Cyber Week Plenary, they will discuss U.S. efforts to implement an affirmative vision for a secure cyberspace by working with our allies and partners in the region to build a defensible, resilient and rights-respecting digital ecosystem,” the department stated.

“Ambassador Fick will also meet with Israeli government officials to discuss our two countries’ technology and cybersecurity collaboration as we seek to promote peace and prosperity in the region.”

The Israel National Cyber Directorate tweeted that the event, held at Tel Aviv University, drew “10 official delegations, participants from 80 countries, 30 of our representatives among the 400 speakers in about 50 events.” Per the event’s website, 10,000 attendees are expected.

Ann Dunkin, chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, is scheduled to deliver a keynote, and Cordell Schachter, chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is also a scheduled speaker.

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