Davos Selects BGU Cyber Researchers for Presentation

BGU’s top cybersecurity researchers will address the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) – the good, bad and the future at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, January 23. They are one of only two Israeli delegations presenting at the high-profile Davos event.The BGU researchers’ session entitled Cyber-Forensics with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is part of the IdeasLab forum on Tuesday, January 23 from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. in the Congress Centre. The IdeasLab connects big ideas with big thinkers in an engaging session format where discussion leaders pitch cutting-edge scientific innovations.The BGU cyber research experts will discuss how both hackers and defenders are harnessing the power of AI and how AI-enabled attacks are no match for current defenses.“Ben-Gurion University is honored that our world-renowned cybersecurity research expertise will be prominently featured at this major world event, says BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. “This is a significant milestone for the University and further acknowledgment that BGU is the place to go for cutting-edge cybersecurity innovation.BGU speakers include:Prof. Yuval Elovici – Prof. Elovici will explain how attackers utilize AI to render their attacks undetectable. He is director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU, the telecommunications company’s only research and development lab outside of Germany. Elovici is also director of the Cyber Security Research Center and a member of the BGU Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering.Prof. Bracha Shapira – Prof. Shapira will address how defenders use AI to catch abnormalities and deviations. She is the vice dean for Research, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, BGU. Prof. Shapira is a former chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, and a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center.Prof. Lior Rokach – Prof. Rokach will discuss adversarial AI, and how attackers have started an AI arms race as they seek to circumvent systems. He will also provide recommendations on how defenders can prevent such circumvention. Prof. Rokach is chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering as well as a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center.Cyber@BGU (CBG) serves as a shared research platform for some of the world’s most innovative and technologically challenging projects in partnership with multi-national companies and governmental organizations. Situated in the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva, Israel’s Cyber Capital, CBG encompasses the Cyber Security Research Center, a joint initiative with the Israel National Cyber Bureau, and the Telekom Innovation Laboratories, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom.Core research included under the Cyber@BGU umbrella includes IoT security; cyber for intelligent transportation; cyber for aviation; malware; AI-based cyber defense; fraud detection; and Big Data analysis for cybersecurity.The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will be held January 23-26, 2018, in Davos, Switzerland. The BGU sessions will be available on demand on the Forum YouTube channel and TopLink following the session. Source: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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