Most cyber conferences showcase a clash between the suited up spy agency types, and the laid-back looking hackers. In Israel, where cyber security is developed heavily within the army's elite intelligence units, almost everyone is a mix of both types. The Israeli government boasts on it's ability to create a cyber security competitor to the silicon valley, that will hopefully attract cyber experts and mathmeticians from all around the world. It is clear that security is necessary across all boarders, and cooperation is crucial. The implications of course stretch further beyond state security to financial and economical security as well.
When most countries are still struggling to persuade industries to share information on threats and attacks with their own governments, international cooperation looks ambitious. But when cyber attacks can pass through several countries in seconds, it also looks necessary. Mr Netanyahu also called on Israel’s cyber security industry to open up to talented mathematicians from all over the world, not just Israel and its famous 8200 cyber unit in the military, in order to – you guessed it – become a competitor to Silicon Valley.