Montreal - Monday, May 5th, 2014
Spellbinding. Frightening. Compelling.
Three words that describe the information on cyber-attacks presented by Professor Yuval Elovici, founder and Director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories at BGU and BGU's Cyber Security Labs, during two presentations in Montreal on May 5 and 6.
The first lecture, part of the Kindle Your Imagination Lecture Series open to the public, described the growing danger as attackers develop more and more ingenious methods of infiltrating data systems and stealing critical information. Prof. Elovici also outlined how Ben-Gurion University is at the forefront of research to detect and block these attacks. Richard Levy, Chair of the Speakers Committee, warmly thanked Prof. Elovici for his riveting talk in a humorous tone that matched the professor's own.
The second event, co-sponsored by Concordia University's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and geared for business decision makers and IT professionals, dealt with ways of diminishing and deceiving targeted cyber-attacks. Joining Prof. Elovici was Concordia's Dr. Jeremy Clark, cryptography expert, who spoke about secure electronic voting systems and Bitcoin. Both Professors Elovici and Clarke delved deeply into technical terminology but still managed to enthral their listeners, professional and layperson alike.
Could you have imagined that sensors in your tires send messages via Wi-Fi to your car's main computer, and that this electronic communication might be manipulated to stop your car suddenly? That cyber hackers would seek indirect entry to your personal data by accessing the unprotected sensors in your Smart TV or your refrigerator which are connected to your computer, exposing you to theft of money or private information or - worse - your identity?
In the face of constant threats to personal and national security, the mission of BGU's Cyber Security Labs, with a critical mass of researchers working solely on cyber security, is to become a world leader in applied cyber security research, advancing the profession towards a sound scientific and engineering discipline.
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