Israeli firms keen to assist Telangana on cyber security

The second edition of the Cyber Security Conference in Hyderabad aims to provide a platform for networking and sharing knowledge among cyber security professionals.

By Author   |   Business Bureau   |   Published: 14th Dec 2017   6:00 pm Updated: 14th Dec 2017   7:04 pm
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The second cyber security conference at HICC in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo:Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: Even as the Telangana becomes the first State to launch a dedicated Cyber Security Policy, the Israeli companies are keen to support the State in various initiatives. Israel is home to close to 350 cyber security companies – the second largest after US – and some of the best security firms and startups hail from a country with a population of 8.5 million.

Konfidas – one of the leading cyber security companies in Israel – is one of the companies that is keen to partner with the government here to advice and guide them on enhancing the State’s cyber security potential. “We are very much looking forward to assist as much as we can the Telangana government in becoming the leading State in Cyber Security in India. We are sitting with the officials here to discuss with them what they can do to enhance the space,” said Ram Levi, founder and CEO, Konfidas.

Levi served as secretary of the Israeli Prime Minister’s National Cyber Initiative Task Force and is keen to get more Israeli companies to Telangana and take Indian companies to Israel to develop a robust relationship on Cyber Security.

When asked about the recommendations that Israeli companies will provide to the State, Levi said, “We will work on different aspects that include providing academic support, developing information capacity, how to share information on cyber attacks not only within the State but also with other States, recommendation on improving law enforcement and what the government can do to attract more MNCs here and send some to Israel in the cyber security space.”

He was speaking on the sidelines of the second edition of the Cyber Security Conference in Hyderabad. Organised by Kenes Exhibitions, the conference aims to provide a platform for networking and sharing knowledge among cyber security professionals.

Levi’s remarks assume importance as the government is also keen to engage in a dialogue with the Israeli companies in this space. Speaking at the conference, Telangana IT principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said, “We request the companies from Israel to do a diagnosis of our government, private and startups initiatives in the cyber security space and guide us on what else needs to be done.”