CyberSpark Billed as New Cybersecurity Capital for Israel
February 24, 2016
Beersheba, a city in Israel with a population of about 200,000 has become the site of several connected academic and technological influences, led by government and industry, which may position it to be the cyber capital of the country. The article Israel’s Cyber Sector Blooms in the Desert article from Security Week covers Beersheba’s industrial park, CyberSpark. A project leader for the Israeli National Cyber Bureau is quoted explaining how this area is primed to become a leader in cyber security. The report describes CyberSpark’s projected growth,
“Two more complexes comprising 27 buildings are to be added, and the municipality expects the population to grow by 100,000 in the next 10 years. About 30,000 soldiers, including 7,000 career officers, will move in the coming years to bases and a technology campus to be built on 100 hectares (250 acres) near CyberSpark and around Beersheba. As a lure from the bustle of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, the government plans a bonus of $18,000 for single officers and $50,000 for families who spend at least five years in Beersheba.”
More often than not, we hear about cybercriminals taking the initiative while law enforcement, intelligence and others attempt to catch up. While the article frames CyberSpark as a case of proactive collaboration with necessary partners for the sake of forwarding the cyber security industry and protecting citizens, we are not sure it can be called proactive. Let’s not forget, as the article mentions, Israel may be the most heavily targeted country in the world with reports suggesting as many as a thousand web attacks per minute.
Megan Feil, February 24, 2016