January 20, 2019

Episode 93 – The Wonder Woman of Cyber Space

When we hear about cyber attacks, systems getting hacked and ransomware, we usually imagine a bunch of masked hoodlums in a dark basement, probably on the outskirts of Moscow, plotting to bring anarchy upon the world.

What we seldom imagine, though, are a bunch of intelligent, successful computer scientists in a luxurious office, looking for security breaches, hacking into systems, and sometimes even taking part in cyber warfare.

Keren Elazari was a geeky kid in the 90s when she discovered, at a very young age, that her peculiar hobby actually has a name: hacking. It wasn’t long before she was participating in international hacking conventions, serving in a secret military intelligence unit, and finally receiving grants to conduct research in her field.

Keren Elazari was the first ever Israeli woman to lecture on TED. She’s an analyst and cyber researcher at Tel Aviv University, and her articles were published in many international magazines. We’re very excited to have her here today to talk about cyber security and hacking.

(This episode is a rerun from 2017)

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Israel to host homeland security conference

Delegates from more than 50 countries will gather in Tel Aviv for a homeland security conference.

Cyber security, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management will be the focus of the Nov. 11-14 International Conference for Homeland Security, according to Israel 21c.

Homeland security officials, police chiefs, heads of intelligence organizations and leaders of companies in various security fields and other defense specialists are expected to attend and network.

Speakers include Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security secretary; Claude Baland, director general of the national police in France; and the security heads for the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. Heads of the Atlanta and Chicago police departments also are expected to participate.

About 60 Israeli companies will make presentations on homeland security solutions during the conference.

Topics scheduled to be covered include: securing transportation hubs, cyber warfare, how to go from collecting data to acting on decisions, safe cities and the challenges of holding mega events.

The event is organized by the nonprofit Israel Export Institute in cooperation with several Israeli government ministries.

This is the second International Conference for Homeland Security held in Israel. The first was in 2010, when about 500 officials representing 30 countries attended.