Views From CyberTech: 7 Trends from Israel’s Cybersecurity Conference

Work-Bench
Feb 10, 2017 · 4 min read

Last week in Tel Aviv was a big moment for Israeli cybersecurity. CyberTech Israel, boasting over 10,000 attendees from five continents, quickly established itself as one of the de facto conferences outside of the United States. CyberTech was comprised of the usual conference features: talks, panels, swag, and famous speakers. However, what makes the conference really standout is its access to the latest crop of early stage startups. According to Start-Up Nation Central, total investments in 2016 for the Israeli cybersecurity reached $581 million, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even made an appearance, marking the importance of cybersecurity to Israel and the nation’s identity.

Israeli cybersecurity prominence isn’t new — Check Point and CyberArk are well known and leaders in their respective fields, and you don’t have to look far to find Israeli talent present in other security firms. The blend of military conscription and Israel’s place as a cyberwarfare superpower has helped to create a steady output of innovation and talent. Israeli entrepreneurs are translating the skills and abilities they honed in their IDF service into technologies for the market, giving organizations a view into the bleeding edge in cybersecurity.

Walking the floor of the designated startup area and broader showroom provides a pulse on the newest security technologies. In similar fashion to its American big brother, RSA Conference, CyberTech hosts its own startup competition complete with quick pitches and a judging panel. Despite neat tech, security startups will find success going forward if addressing real business challenges. Major themes gleaned from the conference of particular interest to Work-Bench and our corporate network are solutions that:

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Work-Bench is an enterprise technology VC fund in NYC. We support early go-to-market enterprise startups with community, workspace, and corporate engagement.