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German-Israeli start-ups to improve cybersecurity

In Germany and Israel, the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and the University of Jerusalem have launched the first cybersecurity-focused start-up accelerator, which aims to find fast solutions for current challenges.

06 Dec. 2017
Source: Fraunhofer
Source: Fraunhofer

The initiative entitled Hessian-Israeli Partnership Accelerator (HIPA) is geared towards young cybersecurity experts in both countries and requires very close cooperation; initial results are expected as early as the beginning of 2018. The cooperation would appear to be a wise decision: Israel is globally recognized as the country with the most active start-up culture, particularly in the field of cybersecurity. Darmstadt, on the other hand, houses the Center for Research in Security and Privacy (CRISP), the largest research facility for applied cybersecurity research in Europe.

The participants in HIPA deal with real economic and social issues. Industrial partners Allianz and Cisco are participating in selected research activities. There is also the hope that the network between the start-up scenes, politics and the cybersecurity experts in both countries will be strengthened.

As reported in the German newspaper "Die Welt" following a visit to Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva, state, army, educational facilities and companies from all across the globe are working together in the "start-up nation Israel" on a concentrated project, so that all can reap the joint rewards at a later date. The newspaper claims that, in Israel, there are already more than 350 start-ups focusing on cyber technology and that these generated a revenue of roughly 6 billion dollars in 2016.

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