12th Annual Cyber Week kicks off in Israel

Published June 28, 2022, 8:00 AM

by Art Samaniego

Cyber Week is an annual international cybersecurity event hosted at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Over the past 12 years, Cyber Week has become internationally acclaimed as one of the top cybersecurity events in the world.

With more than 9,000 attendees from more than 80 countries, Cyber Week is a place where cybersecurity experts, industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and government officials share knowledge, methods, and ideas on how companies and individuals stay safe from cybercriminals and internet bad actors.

Speakers on Cyber Week discuss the newest cybersecurity threats

Governments and businesses have prioritized cybersecurity, especially during the pandemic, where cybercriminals have increased and improved their tactics to breach organizations because of the hybrid work and online learning setups.

Cybercrime dramatically increased during the pandemic. 1) Online scams spiked by more than 400% in 2020 compared to previous years. 2) Phishing emails grew significantly that Google blocked over 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 daily. This includes spear-phishing for espionage purposes. 3) A recent study titled “The impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime and state-sponsored cyber activities” by Johannes Wigg found out that groups of hackers believed to be sponsored by Russia, China, and North Korea used personalized emails containing references to the pandemic to infect their targets with malware or steal passwords. And 4)  More than 90% of healthcare organizations suffered at least on cybersecurity breach, according to the US Healthcare Cybersecurity Market 2022 report.

“Hackers use the same techniques, that’s why we need to cooperate with each other to stop malicious cyber activities. We are all in this together,” — Anne Neuberger Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies, White House. (Image by Art Samaniego Jr.)

Cyber Week 2022 will not only help face these issues head-on, but it will also try to assist governments and organizations in confronting cyber threats by introducing the latest technologies and techniques in fighting cybercriminals.

Cyber Week is held jointly by the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), The Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate under the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a leading international conference in cybersecurity.

Manila Bulletin Technews will be here in Israel to bring you the latest in cybersecurity during the  duration of the Cyber Week 2022.