Israeli cybersecurity expertise keeps computer hackers at bay.  (Photo by Sliman Khader/FLASH90)Israeli cybersecurity expertise keeps computer hackers at bay. (Photo by Sliman Khader/FLASH90)

Leading international cyber experts, policymakers, researchers, security officials, and diplomats are in Tel Aviv this week for the Fifth Annual International Cybersecurity Conference. The meeting is part of the National Cyber Week 2015 yearly event.

Israel is known as a center of excellence for cybersecurity thanks to its defence expertise and technological prowess. In 2014, Israel exported more than $6 billion in cybersecurity products, roughly doubling the total of the previous year.

The June 22-25 conference — held jointly this year by the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, the National Cyber Bureau, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) and Tel Aviv University — includes workshops, lectures and discussions on methods and ideas concerning evolving cyber technologies

Among the guests taking part are Maureen Ohlausen, Commissioner of the US Federal Trade Commission; Internationally renowned security technologist, Bruce Scheier; Former Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush/former CSO at Microsoft Howard Schmidt; as well as other global and domestic leaders from the political, military, technology, economic and academic arenas.

Participating Israeli technology and cybersecurity firms include Check Point, EMC, IBM, Intel Security, Lockheed International, Microsoft Cloud, Enterprise Security, Qualcomm, Team 8, Verint, and more.