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Best Paper Award FOCS 2018

Prof. Muli Safra and Dor Minzer (jointly with Subhash Khot) won the Best Paper Award in FOCS 2018 on their paper “Pseudorandom Sets in Grassmann Graph have Near-Perfect Expansion”

We are delighted to inform you that our Prof. Muli Safra and Dor Minzer (jointly with Subhash Khot) won the Best Paper Award in FOCS 2018 on their paper “Pseudorandom Sets in Grassmann Graph have Near-Perfect Expansion”.

The work of Dor and Muli has already made big waves and now it gets its marks on FOCS.

Congratulations, Dor and Muli, on this truly remarkable achievement. We are all extremely proud of you!!!

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TAU students win prizes at blockchain hackathon

36 hours of competition. Akash Jog, Patrick Marciano and Taklikar Ashutosh in action.

International engineering students won an award for their innovative registration and tracking technology

A group of students from TAU’s International B.Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering has won second place at the international Blockchain Hackaton, held at the Stock Exchange in Tel Aviv on March 29-30th.

The Hackaton, held jointly with companies such as Intel, Deutsch Bank, HSBC and KPMG, was meant to test the strategy of blockchain – conducting business actions using peer-to-peer sharing, without an overseeing administrator for regulation. This business strategy, first implemented with the invention of the virtual currency “bitcoin”, is considered groundbreaking in the business world. Experts in the field estimate it will become more and more common in the future.

The groups competing at the hackathon were divided into two categories: students and companies. Among the winning group from TAU were the international students Taklikar Ashutosh, Patrick  Marciano and Akash Jog.

“After 36 hours of hard work, three proposals, four hours of sleep and lots of coffee, we won second place,” said Patrick Marciano, a second-year student and the head of the group. “Our award was a drone for every member of the group, a certificate and a very long weekend of catching up on all the classes we missed because of the hackaton.”

In addition to the drone given to each student, the group received an additional drone, which they decided to donate to the School of Electrical Engineering.

Claiming dynamic ownership

“Our first idea was a database of bicycles using blockchain technology, which would allow tracking the ownership and location of every registered bicycle in Tel Aviv,” Marciano said. “Blockchain registration would be decentralized and open, so anyone could access the database with no need for admin approval – which would make it entirely dynamic and free.”

According to Marciano, after the group developed the database, its members realized it could be used to register almost anything. Bicycles, cars, phones or luxury items. “Our network allows anyone to claim dynamic ownership of an asset, and cheating is impossible. Since the panel of judges was made up mostly of bankers, we showed them that the network allows a bank to sell mortgages for any property – and track the ownership of that property continuously and for free.”

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Cyber Week 2017 highlights latest breakthroughs in cybersecurity

Future threats, changing paradigms examined by world’s top experts at TAU conference

“We are all targets!” said Gil Shwed, inventor of the modern firewall and founder and CEO of Check Point Software, of the extensive threat posed by online attacks at the opening plenary of Cyber Week held at Tel Aviv University on June 26, 2017.

Now in its 7th year, the conference is seen as a key fixture in the global cybersecurity calendar. This year’s gathering exceeded 13,000 attendees from more than 60 countries, including some 300 speakers: leading cyber experts, academics, startup founders, and senior government officials, most notably Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 The summit was hosted by TAU’s Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), TAU’s Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, and the National Cyber Directorate of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. Fifty sessions including panels, workshops, forums and competitions were spread out over the five-day event.

Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that Israel is hit with dozens of cyber attacks every month. He spoke of the importance and urgency of cybersecurity, both in terms of the threats but also the “endless business opportunities” it presents. “In this fast-growing market companies are continuously added and weeded out,” and so they must be “speed chess players. This is what Israel excels in. It’s a great advantage today in this business to come from Israel.”

 ​Other notable speakers included former New York City Mayor and informal adviser on cybersecurity to the White House Rudy Giuliani, who likened the fight for cybersecurity to defeating cancer: “Early detection is critical.” Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked joined a panel on incitement, terror and hate speech online. Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the US President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announced the establishment of an Israeli-US bilateral cyber working group.

Cyber Week 2017 highlights latest breakthroughs in cybersecurity

Pictured above: Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel presents Gil Shwed with the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Cyber award. Credit: Chen Galili

The future of artificial intelligence (AI) was a hot topic at this year’s meeting. “AI is going to be made by people. It’s only as good as we make it,” said ICRC Strategic Advisor and founder and CEO of Cycuro, Matan Scharf. Rick Echevarria, Intel’s VP of Software & Services Group, called for a redefinition of AI: “‘Artificial intelligence’ should be called ‘augmented intelligence’ when it allows people to keep doing their jobs.” Echevarria also praised Intel’s ongoing relationship with TAU: “Our collaboration here is going to be very important to our user road map.”

Two prestigious awards were presented during Cyber Week. Gil Shwed, a TAU Honorary Doctor and Governor, received Cyber Week’s first annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cyber. Major Gen. (res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, director of the ICRC and Cyber Week Chairman, was appointed an Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy by the Italian Ambassador to Israel, Francesco M. Talo, for his leadership and achievements in cybersecurity. Prof. Ben-Israel discussed some of the challenges facing the global cyber community, including the shortage of skilled practitioners. Israel isn’t immune to this trend, but its education system is stepping up to the plate. “Israel is the only country where you can choose cybersecurity as a subject in high school,” he said.​ ​​

​​Reflecting on the week, Australian delegate Gleuto Serafim, founder and CTE of Tecala Group, said: “I’d like to thank Israel for sharing so much of its technology and know-how with us.” He added, “It is awesome to be together with so many professionals and academics to discuss artificial intelligence, defense, security, and all the challenges we are about to face with IoT (Internet of Things).”​​

Cyber Week 2017 highlights latest breakthroughs in cybersecurity

Participants in The Cyber Challenge in action. Credit: Chen Galili

Featured image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the audience at the Main Plenary. Credit: Chen Galili

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Cyber Week 2017

On June 25-29th, join us to find out about cybersecurity from a multitude of angles

Cyber Week is an annual cybersecurity conference held for the seventh year in a row at Tel Aviv University. This year it will take place on June 25th-29th, and will be attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The conference will offer its attendees 45 different events, and will be a unique gathering of cybersecurity experts, bringing together industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and other government officials.

In 2016 the conference was attended by over 5,000 people from 50 countries, and this year even more visitors are expected. Events will include roundtables, panels, workshops, forums, BSides, competitions, and more.

Aside from Prime Minister Netanyahu, other speakers at the conference will include:

  • Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, The White House, USA
  • Rob Joyce, Special Assistant to the President, Cybersecurity Coordinator,  The White House, USA
  • Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned “security guru” and author of New York Times bestseller Data and Goliath
  • Ciaran Martin, CEO, National Cyber Security Center, UK
  • Michael Daniel, President, Cyber Threat Alliance; Former Special Assistant to President Obama
  • Rohit Ghai, President, RSA
  • Keith Alexander, former Director of the National Security Agency,
  • Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director and Senior Civilian Leader of the National Security Agency
  • Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, FTC
  • Rick Echevrria, VP of Intel Security
  • Chris Nickerson, CEO of Lares, Red Team testing and Adversarial Simulation,
  • Dave DeWalt, Former Chairman & CEO, FireEye & McAfee

The conference is hosted by TAU’s Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, The Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cyber Week 2017 website >>

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New Apple tech can unlock your iPhone with a selfie

“When iPhones were first introduced, the only way to unlock one was to type in a 4-digit password. As the phone evolved, Apple eventually added a touch button that read your fingerprint. Now the U.S.-based tech giant is adding a new way to authenticate users: a selfie… “

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