By Pamela Dubin, founder, CyberUP
Last spring, I joined Alan Boehme, CIO, CTO of The Coca-Cola Co., as well as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and 33 business leaders for a crash course on the cybersecurity ecosystem in Israel. Organized by Conexx: America Israel Business Connector, the state of Georgia and Metro Atlanta Chamber, we had incredible access to the world’s leading cybersecurity experts. Conexx is a non-profit organization creating opportunities for Israeli businesses in the U.S. and for American businesses in Israel. With a powerful member-driven network, Conexx provides businesses with access to ground breaking technologies, companies and partners in the Southeast, Israel and beyond.
Along with leaders from Invest Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, the U.S. Army Cyber School and Kennesaw State University, we toasted the powerful speech Mayor Reed presented earlier that evening to a global audience declaring the Southeast as “First to the Future” for cybersecurity. We knew the challenge ahead.
During that week in Israel, we saw the future and what it would take to be FIRST. We saw the critical relationship between education and leadership to future-proof our region. We understood that thinking differently, and becoming a changed ecosystem, was our call to action.
Cybersecurity is beyond what wireless ever was. It isn’t opt-in. It is bigger than upgrades and devices. It impacts the very data, grids, systems and curricula that will shape the rest of this century and highlights the importance of integrating a cybersecurity mindset across all industries is required to survive and thrive.
Israel has a global reputation as a leader in cybersecurity. Israel is now the second largest exporter of cyber products and services after the United States, with more than 200 companies and dozens of research and development ventures devoted to developing cybersecurity. The Israeli government offers generous support for both private and public ventures into cybersecurity and encourages the country’s private, public and military sectors to work together by sharing technology and information. This makes Israel a vital partner for the Southeast as we lead the way in defending the grid.
Join me, Conexx, Baker Donelson and others on August 20-21 in Atlanta to understand the reach and grasp the enormous impact cybersecurity has on our economy and our region.
Baker Donelson’s Global Initiative is hosting a forum: Israel and the American South: Securing your Future. It will be a bonanza of world-class conversations for staying ahead of the cyber threats facing us. By bringing together key government officials, investors and innovators, the forum is a profound step for the Southeast. It directly addresses two core components that are critical to cybersecurity: imagination and sharing. This experience promises both.
Meet with top Israeli technology innovators Waterfall Security Solutions, Radware, Radiflow, Elbit Cyber Defense Solutions, ICS2, Javelin, Thetaray and Sasa Software. Along with preeminent voices from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission, these conversations are designed to be a tool to strengthen our economies and better understand ways to protect against cyber threats.
Join us and become informed about recent developments in cybersecurity and its impact on technology, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and energy. Share, build, and help our region be “First to The Future.”
To register and for more information on Baker Donelson’s Global Initiative: Israel and the American South Forum: Securing your Future, please visit: http://cybercon.us/
Pamela Dubin is a member of Conexx: America Israel Business Connector. As a frequent speaker & catalyst for trustees and executives, Pamela helps world leaders, diplomats, business leaders and philanthropists develop their plans, stretch their vision and realize a new level of success. Pamela is based in Atlanta and is the founder of CyberUP. She can be reached at Pamela@pameladubin.com.