LONDON, 18 January 2017 – On 16 January, the Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev hosted a cyber security reception at his residence with British Friends of Bar-Ilan University (BFBIU). Organised by BFBIU Executive Director Shlomo Rechtschaffen, the event was attended by security experts, academics and key members of the Jewish community.
Ambassador Regev stressed that the futures of Bar-Ilan University (BIU) and Israel are intertwined, and that the University’s excellence in high-tech stands out as an example of Israel’s academic prowess. Following remarks from BIU President Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, BFBIU Chairman Romie Tager QC introduced the event’s keynote speakers: former Head of the Mossad’s Intelligence Division, Haim Tomer, and Head of the Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cybersecurity at BIU, Professor Yehuda Lindell.
Haim Tomer spoke of the threat that cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare pose to countries around the world, heightened by the reliance of major institutions, including utility companies, healthcare providers and public transport operators, on computers. Professor Lindell raised the threat hackers pose to personal privacy and freedom, stressing the importance of securing connected devices, such as intelligent home systems, modern cars and smartphones. Lindell also highlighted recent breaches of security on popular websites, and how this had exposed confidential personal and financial information.