Prof. Isaac Ben Israel

Director of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) , Tel Aviv University

Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, where he earned his Ph.D in 1988. Prof. Ben-Israel has served in the IDF continuously until his retirement in June 2002. During his service, Prof. Ben-Israel has held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the IAF. He served as head of military R&D of the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense.

Prof. Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009.

Prof. Ben Israel serves as the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency and chairman of the National Council for R&D in the Ministry of Science.

In 2002 Prof. Ben Israel joined the academic staff of Tel-Aviv University. He is currently the Head of Security Studies Program, Deputy Director of the Hartog School of Government and Policy, Head of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Center (ICRC) and the Head of Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, at Tel-Aviv University. 


Prof. Avishai Wool

Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) , Tel Aviv University

A professor in the School of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, the director of the Cryptography and Network Security Lab.  He received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science with honors from Tel Aviv University (1989). He has a M.Sc. (1992) and a Ph.D. (1997), both in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research interests include firewall technology, computer, network, and wireless security, smart-card and RFID systems, and sidechannel cryptanalysis.

Prior to joining Tel Aviv University, Prof. Wool spent four years as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA. In 2000 he co-founded Lumeta Corp. In 2003 he co-founded AlgoSec Systems, a network security company, for which he continues to serve as Chief Technical Officer. He has served on the program committee of the leading IEEE and ACM conferences on computer and network security.  He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of the ACM and USENIX.  


Dr. Yaniv Harel

Chief Strategy Officer of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) , Tel Aviv University

Dr. Yaniv Harel was the Cyber Solutions Group General Manager at Dell EMC, a global group within Dell Technologies. Under his leadership the Cyber Solutions Group won, designed, and built significant CERTs and other cyber projects. Yaniv is an expert in cyber defense in large organizations, and at the national level, with years of experience in governmental roles. Yaniv led several technology divisions within the IDF as part of his service. He was awarded the Israel National Medal for Security in 2002. In recent years Yaniv acted as the SVP Cyber Defense in Sygnia a Team8 and Temasek company that focuses on cyber premium services. In his academic capacity, Dr. Harel is the Chief Strategy Officer of the Cyber Center - ICRC at Tel-Aviv University. He assists start-ups, serves on advisory boards, and contributes to several initiatives at the Beer-Sheva Cyber Eco-system. Currently acts as a Co-Founder of a new initiative. In parallel works as an independent consultant to CISOs, Boards of Directors, and global companies.


 Lior Tabansky

 Head of Cyber Research Development of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) , Tel Aviv University

 Lior's 2017 doctoral dissertation "Explaining National Cyber Insecurity: A New Strategic Defense Adaptation Analytical Framework"  at Tel Aviv University's School of Politics and Government explains why even the most developed nations remain so exposed to destructive cyberattacks on  strategic homeland targets by foreign states. It includes a comparative analysis of critical infrastructure protection and national  strategy of Singapore, Israel and the United States.

 Mr Tabansky's 2015 book Cybersecurity in Israel in Israel, co-authored with Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, is the first comprehensive "insider" account of decades of Israeli policy and operations . Moreover, the book develops  an original analysis of the roles grand strategy and innovation play in cybersecurity. 





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