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Prof. Yuval Elovici

Director

Prof. Yuval Elovici

Director

Yuval Elovici is the head of the Cyber Security Labs and a Professor at the Department of Information Systems Engineering of Ben-Gurion University. He holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University, and Ph.D in Information Systems from Tel-Aviv University. He served as the head of the Software Engineering program at Ben-Gurion University for two and a half years. Prof. Elovici also professionally consults in the area of the cyber security. In the last eight years he has lead the cooperation between Ben-Gurion University and Deutsche Telekom. In addition, he has published more than 55 referred journal papers in leading journals, published over 100 papers in various referred conferences and co-authored a book on social network security and a book on information leakage detection and prevention. His main research interests are Computer and Network Security, Cyber Security, Web Intelligence, Information Warfare, Social Network Analysis and Machine Learning.

Mr. Dudu Mimran

CTO

Mr. Dudu Mimran

CTO

Mr. Dudu Mimran is the CTO of Cyber Security Labs @ Ben Gurion University. Mr. Mimran has more then 25 years of experience in security research and products development.

Mordechai Guri

Head of R&D

Mordechai Guri

Head of R&D

Mordechai Guri is PhD student at the Cyber Security Labs @ Ben Gurion University, under the supervision of Prof. Yuval Elovici. He graduated (Bsc and Msc) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Computer Science. His research topics includes OS security, advanced malware, mobile security and embedded systems. He manages academic researches in various aspects of cyber-security to the commercial and govermetal sectors.

Adi Polak

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Adi Polak

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Adi Polak is an MSc Fast Track student at the Information System Engineering department at BGU. Adi is majoring in the cyber security program and instructed by Prof. Lior Rokach.

Amos Beimel

Amos Beimel

Amos Beimel received the B.A., M.Sc., and D.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, in 1989, 1992, and 1996, respectively. His doctoral thesis was titled secure schemes for secret sharing and key distribution.  After graduating from the Technion, he spent one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University, and two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. In 1999 he joined the Department of Computer Science at Ben-Gurion University, where he is now a professor and the head of the department. In 2005-2006, he spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Davis.  His research interests include cryptography and complexity theory. He focuses on secret sharing schemes, private information retrieval, secure multiparty computation, and differential privacy. He published more than 50 papers in prestigious journals and conferences, received grants from the Israel science foundation, science ministry, and economics ministry, and served in various program committees of conferences.

Dr. Asaf Cohen

Department of Communication Systems Engineering

Dr. Asaf Cohen

Department of Communication Systems Engineering

Dr. Asaf Cohen is a lecturer at the Department of Communication Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Before that, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He received the B.Sc., M.Sc. (both with high honors) and Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 2001, 2003 and 2007, respectively.  From 1998 to 2000 he was with the IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa where he worked on distributed computing. His areas of interest span a wide spectrum in information theory, learning and coding. In particular, he is interested in sequential decision making, with applications to detection and estimation; Network security and anomaly detection; Network information theory and network coding; Statistical signal processing; Coding theory and performance analysis of codes. Dr. Cohen received several honors and awards, including the Viterbi post-doctoral scholarship, a student paper award at IEEE Israel 2006 and the Dr. Philip Marlin Prize for Computer Engineering, 2000. He served on the program committees of ISIT and VTC.

Dr. Danny Hendler

Dr. Danny Hendler

Danny Hendler received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1986, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 1993 and 2004, respectively, all from Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Hendler returned to Academy in 2001 after working for 18 years in the Israeli high-tech industry in technical and managerial positions. He is presently with the department of Computer Science at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Before joining Ben-Gurion University, he has been a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Toronto and at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. His key research interests are distributed and parallel computation, anomaly detection, social networks and computer networks.

Dr. Rami Puzis

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Dr. Rami Puzis

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Dr. Rami Puzis, is a young faculty in the department of Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University. Rami has received BSc degree in Software Engineering and MSc degree in Information Systems Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in 2007. His PhD thesis focused on "Optimizing the Deployment Strategy of Distributed Network Intrusion Detection Systems (DNIDS) in Large-Scale Communication Networks". During 2011 Rami worked as a research associate in the Laboratory of Computational Cultural Dynamics, University of Maryland, under the supervision of Prof. V.S. Subrahmanian. 

His primary specialization is in the area of complex network analysis with applications to cyber security. Rami have authored 11 journal articles 5 book chapters and 20 peer reviewed papers in leading conferences.  

Since 2007 Rami was a principal investigator / project manager of a dozen research projects funded by Deutsche Telekom AG, Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Ministry of Trade and Commerce, and several leading cyber security industries in Israel.

יוסי אורן
Dr. Yossi Oren

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Dr. Yossi Oren

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Yossi Oren (יוסי אורן), currently Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Ben Gurion University's Cyber Security Research Center, had previously worked as a postdoc at Columbia University within the Network Security Lab of Angelos D. Keromytis and as a Senior Innovation Research Engineer at Samsung Research Israel. Oren holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His main research interests are hardware and architectural security (low-resource cryptographic constructions, power analysis and other hardware attacks and countermeasures) and Network Security (cyber-physical system security, consumer and voter privacy, web application security).

Liron Samama

Liron Samama

Liron is a Msc Fast Track student at the Information System Engineering department at BGU. She is instructed by Prof. Ariel Felner, Dr. Rami Puzis and Dr. Roni Stern.

Prof. Benjamin Arazi

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Benjamin Arazi

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Benjamin Arazi is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University. His research and teaching activities are in secure communications. Currently he is responsible for developing the Cybersecurity lab at his department with a mission of introducing this subject to students having an ECE background.

Prof. Bracha Shapira

Head of Department of Information Systems Engineering

Prof. Bracha Shapira

Head of Department of Information Systems Engineering

Bracha Shapira is the head of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s department of information systems engineering, the University’s central location for undergraduate and graduate level programs in cyber security.  Prof. Shapira’s research interests include user profiling, privacy preservation, data leakage, anomaly detection and other cyber security aspects.  She is involved in cyber security research projects with industry and government entities and is a senior researcher at the at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories at BGU.  She also supervises a large group of research students in the field. 

Prof. Shapira has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and conferences and has been involved in inventing registered patents in the field.  Prof. Shapira serves as a consultant to companies in the field and is a member in professional cyber security forums.

Prof. Ehud Gudes

Prof. Ehud Gudes

Ehud Gudes recieved his Bsc and Msc from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University in 1976.

Following his Phd, he worked both in academia (Penn State University, Ben-Gurion University, Florida Atlantic University), where he did research in the areas of Database systems and Data security, and in Industry (Wang Laboratories, National Semiconductors, Elron, IBM Research), where he developed Query languages, CAD Software, and Expert systems.

He has published over 120 papers in the above general areas, served as a consultant to several industrial companies, and was the the chair of several international conferences, including the 2002 and 2009 IFIP WG11.3 conference on Data and Application security and the 2011 and 2014 IFIPTM conferences on Trust management.

His research interests encompasses the domain of knowledge and databases and security and currently concentrates in two areas: Database security and Privacy and Data mining especially on Graph mining and sequence mining. In recent years he has received many research grants from industrial companies like Duetche Telekom and IBM and from the Ministry of Economics Magnet program on the Smart Grid and on Cyber security.

He is currently a Professor in Ben-Gurion university, previously heading the computer science department the software engineering program, and leading several research projects in data security.
Ehud Gudes is a member of both ACM and IEEE Computer Society, and an active member of the IFIP WG11.3 group on Database security.

Prof. Lior Rokach

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Prof. Lior Rokach

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Prof. Lior Rokach

Founder of the Machine Learning Research Laboratory, Prof. Lior Rokach of the Department of Information Systems Engineering promotes innovative adaptations of machine learning and data mining methods to create the next generation of intelligent information systems. An active entrepreneur with several patents and technology licenses to his credit, Rokach has worked with several multinational companies and governmental agencies. He has made a significant contribution to the field of cyber security by developing machine learning algorithms that are capable of identifying malwares, preventing data leakage, detecting anomalies and protecting user data and privacy. Prof. Rokach is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals, such as Machine Learning, Machine Learning Research, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge, and Data Engineering and Pattern Recognition, conference proceedings, patents, and book chapters. He has also authored six and is the co-editor of three handbooks. He is an awardee of the 2012 BGU Toronto Prize for young researchers.

Prof. Mark Last

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Prof. Mark Last

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Mark Last is a Professor at the Department of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and the Head of the Data Mining and Software Quality Engineering Group.  Prof. Last obtained his Ph.D. degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 2000. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books on data mining, text mining, and software engineering. Prof. Last currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and Pattern Analysis and Applications. His main research interests are focused on data mining, cross-lingual text mining, and security informatics.

Prof. Ofer Hadar

Communication Systems Engineering Department

Prof. Ofer Hadar

Communication Systems Engineering Department

Prof. Hadar received the BSc, the MSc (cum laude) and the PhD degrees from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in 1990, 1992, and 1997, respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. The prestigious Clore Fellowship supported his PhD studies. His PhD dissertation dealt with the effects of vibrations and motion on image quality and target acquisition. From August 1996 to February 1997, he was with CREOL at Central Florida University, Orlando, FL, as a research visiting scientist, working on angular dependence of sampling MTF and over-sampling MTF. From October 1997 to March 1999, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. In 1999 Prof. Hadar joined the Communication Systems Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and the head of the department. His research interests include image compression, advanced video coding, H.264, SVC, packet video, transmission of video over IP networks, and image processing, data hiding and cyber in compressed video streaming. Since 2011, Prof. Hadar is an Associate Editor of the optical Engineering journal. Prof. Hadar also works as a consultant of various Hi-Tech companies in Israel, and is a Senior member of IEEE and SPIE.

Prof. Shlomi Dolev

Dean the Faculty of Natural Sciences BGU

Prof. Shlomi Dolev

Dean the Faculty of Natural Sciences BGU

Shlomi Dolev received his B.Sc. in Engineering and B.A. in Computer Science in 1984 and 1985, and his M.Sc. and D.Sc. in computer Science in 1990 and 1992 from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

From 1992 to 1995 he was at Texas A&M University postdoc of Jennifer Welch. In 1995 he joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ben-Gurion University where he is now a full professor. He was a visiting researcher/professor at MIT, DIMACS, and LRI, for several periods during summers. Shlomi is the author of the book "self-stabilization" published by the MIT Press. He published more than two hundreds journal and conference scientific articles, and patents. Shlomi served in the program committee of more than 90 conferences, chairing the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, and the International Symposium on DIStributed Computing.

He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers. His research grants include IBM faculty awards, Intel academic grants, Verisign, ISF, US Airforce, EU and NSF grants. Shlomi is the founding chair of the computer science department at Ben-Gurion University, where he now holds the Rita Altura trust chair in computer science.

His current research interests include distributed computing, distributed systems, security and cryptography and communication networks; in particular the self-stabilization property of such systems. Recently, he is involved in optical computing and brain science research. Today, Prof. Dolev is the dean of the faculty of natural sciences and the head of (IUCC) the Inter University Computation Center of Israel.

Prof. Yuval Shahar

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Prof. Yuval Shahar

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Yuval Shahar, M.D., Ph.D., FACMI
Yuval Shahar is a professor and previous chair of BGU’s Information Systems Engineering department. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.D. degree from the Hebrew University, an M.Sc. in computer science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University. After a decade at Stanford as a researcher and full-time faculty member in Computer Science and Medicine, he has joined BGU in 2000 to found and head its Medical Informatics  Research Center.

Over the past 25 years, Prof. Shahar’s research has focused on temporal reasoning, temporal data mining, therapy planning, decision analysis, information visualization, knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, and  knowledge-based systems, applying his work mostly in biomedical domains, as well in domains such as homeland security and information security.

Among multiple awards, Prof. Shahar was granted in 1995 a NIH 5-year FIRST career award and an NSF award to explore the theoretical and practical implications of the temporal-reasoning methodology he had developed; in 2005 an IBM  Faculty Award, and in 2008 an HP Worldwide Innovation Program award. He was elected in 2005 as an International Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

Uri Stemmer

Department of Computer Science

Uri Stemmer

Department of Computer Science

Uri is a PhD candidate at the department of computer science at Ben-Gurion University, where his research focuses on private data analysis and differential privacy. In 2011, Uri graduated an interdisciplinary program of Ben-Gurion University awarding a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude).

Lab Researchers

Assaf Kachlon

Security Researcher

Assaf Kachlon

Security Researcher

Assaf Kachlon is a MSc. student at the Cyber Security Labs @ Ben Gurion University, under the supervision of Prof. Yuval Elovici and Mr. Mordechai Guri. He graduated (Bsc.) at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Computer Science.

Aviad Meyer

Security Researcher

Aviad Meyer

Security Researcher

Aviad Meyer is a MSc. student in cyber security track at Ben-Gurion University. Aviad also have a practical electricity engineering diploma and a strong background with network communication.

Matan Edri

Security Researcher

Matan Edri

Security Researcher

Matan Edri is a Software Engineering MSc Fast Track student in the first year of his Masters at the Cyber Security labs. He is instructed by Prof. Yuval Elovici and Mr. Mordechai Guri.

Matan Monitz

Security Researcher

Matan Monitz

Security Researcher

Matan Monitz is a BSc student in computer science and philosophy. Matan has eight years of experience delving in different areas of cyber-security, ranging from hands-on forensics to security policy and methodology.

Mr. Ofer Hasson

Security Researcher

Mr. Ofer Hasson

Security Researcher

BSc. in computer engineering. An autodidact with hands on experience in programming, network communication and system administration.