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January 24, 2014 10:46 am

Netanyahu Touts Israeli Cyber-Defense Know-How at World Economic Forum

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Davos. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday touted Israel’s cyber-defense know-how to an audience at the ‘Risk and Responsibility in a Hyperconnected World’ conference at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.

Netanyahu said Israel has hundreds of companies that concentrate on defensive technologies and invited conference participants to “work together with us,” according to a statement.

In the hyperconnected world in which we live, there are endless opportunities that are challenged by relentless attacks, a global threat that had to be dealt with, he said.

Netanyahu also briefed the audience on the Digital Israel project, an initiative his government approved last month to find new ways to provide digital services to the public via telecommunications infrastructure.

The idea behind the initiative is to facilitate access to Israel’s education, health and social welfare systems to reduce geographic and social isolation, drawing the periphery closer to the center, he said.  The initiative is being led by the Prime Minister’s Office, including Director General Harel Locker and Deputy Director General Yossi Catribas.

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