The development of computers over the last fifty years and their penetration into all aspects of our lives have brought, along with a tremendous growth of efficiency, also a weak point. Modern society, computerized to the hilt, has become dependent on computers and is vulnerable to disruptions to their functioning.
The cyber threat, which has earned itself a place in the international consciousness in the last five years, demands special preparations on a state level. These preparations must be made in the security field, as well as the others fields including academia. The cyber dimension penetrates all aspects of our lives, and understanding this requires a mastery of not only the natural disciplines – such as computer sciences, mathematics and engineering – but also of social and legal aspects, and even business and philosophy.
The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) was established at the Tel Aviv University as a joint initiative with the National Cyber Directorate, Prime Minister's Office.
The Center is based on researchers from Tel-Aviv university and emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary research. Currently, there are 50 faculty members and over 200 cyber researchers from different faculties such as Exact Sciences, Computer Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social Sciences, Management and Humanities.
The Center aims to become a leading international body in its field and to increase the academic efforts and awareness in the field of cyber security.
Research topics at the Center include key issues such as security software, attacks on hardware and software, cryptography, network protocols, security of operating systems, and networks as well as interdisciplinary research such as the impact on national security, the impact on society, regulation, and the effects on the business sector.
The Center operates a research fund which is supported by the National Cyber Directorate.