Last week, the European Super Angels Club (ESAC) joined 15,000 visitors, 80 countries, 170 high-profile speakers, 125 corporations and 90 startups that participated in Cybertech Israel; one of the most significant conferences and exhibitions on cyber technologies. In three days attendees could hear and see the latest trends in cybersecurity. ESAC expected to hear more about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), however this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here our insights directly from Tel Aviv.
What we found in Cybertech Israel
Of particular interest in Cybertech Israel was the high involvement in the conference from the startup eco-system, including the venture industry. According to the US Embassy briefing by the Commercial, Economic and Political sections, Israel accounts for almost 20% of the world’s investment into CyberTech startups. Further, it was impressive to learn about the wide implications the ideas coming from startups will have on businesses.
Finally, as GDPR is around the corner, most companies are now focusing on protecting their customer’s data. Many believe this is about double-verification sign-ups to newsletters, opt-out options and keeping the CRM database safe from hackers. However, these topics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cyber security. We found interesting innovations, which are going beyond cutting edge of technology.
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4 Startups to keep an eye on
- Ever thought about that email or text message that you just sent a customer being intercepted? What about someone hacking your phone’s contact database? This is also part of protecting customer data and SQR systems, a London based startup, is tackling this problem.
- If a fitness tracker can expose military bases around the world, imagine what competitive intelligence agents can learn about company secrets or personal information. KnectlQ Inc from Saint Paul, MN is tackling the difficulty in protecting customer data from every direction: IoT, Wearables, Medical Devices, Connected Cars, M2M, Interoperability Patient Data and more.
- From fighting criminality to improving hiring processes, Faception from Tel Aviv, Israel, is helping governments and companies use analysis of facial images to reveal one’s personality in real time. Fields of application include: stopping criminal activity, helping robotics understand human personalities, helping financial institutions by supporting their credit and insurance premium decisions, to retail by helping shop employees better communicate with their taking into account each one´s personality.
- But where do companies go to verify if their cyber security is up to doing the job? How will a company evaluate if their systems and people – when working together – are up to the challenge? This is where CyberGym from Tel Aviv, Israel comes in. It re-creates a company’s environment and then places the company’s own employees into the “gym” to run through scenarios. Experienced coaches not only monitor how your team does in the scenario, they provide you on the spot coaching to change behaviors on the spot immediately in order to optimize your teams’ performance.
We have a post with an extensive calendar of events on cyber security, which you can find it here.
For those who missed Cybertech Israel: Rome will have its own version of Cybertech, taking place in September 2018. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to our Business Development Manager, Chris Houghtaling at