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June 19, 2013 11:37 am

Cisco to Open Cyber Research-and-Development Laboratory in Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Cisco CEO John T. Chambers in 2012. Photo: Israel GPO.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cisco Chairman and CEO John T. Chambers Wednesday to discuss a host of new Cisco initiatives meant to spotlight the expanding ties between the Jewish state and the multinational American company.

During the meeting, which came a year to the day since the two last met to discuss ways to expand Israel and Cisco’s relationship, Chambers announced three specific initiatives: First is the establishment of an innovative cyber research-and-development laboratory in the State of Israel, a program which Netanyahu called “exactly the kind of cooperation that seizes the future…”

Second, Cisco will build a network of consulting services in order to assist and provide answers to security needs, and is recruiting 100 strategic workers in Israel, based on existing capabilities.

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Third, through the Cisco Learning Program, Cisco will launch an information security training program on a pilot basis to train young participants to serve as information security experts.

Chambers also announced the company is planning to invest $15 million via venture capital funds that support integration of Israelis and Arabs and the development of innovative security technologies.

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