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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Israel National Cyber Bureau Head Announces Launch of KIDMA

Israel National Cyber Bureau Head Announces Launch of KIDMA
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The head of the Israel National Cyber Bureau
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokecyber111112.aspx
(INCB), Dr. Eviatar Matania, announced, yesterday (Tuesday, 13 November
2012), at the 2nd International Homeland Security Conference
http://www.israelhls2012.com/
announced the launch of Program KIDMA.

The project is the fruit of collaboration between the INCB and the Office of
the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor
http://www.moital.gov.il/CmsTamat/Rsrc/MadaanEnglish/MadaanEnglish.html
aimed at advancing research and development, and initiatives in the field of
cyber security in order to maintain and strengthen the competitive potential
of Israeli industry in this field in the global market.

The project, which Chief Scientist Avi Hason detailed tomorrow, will be
operated for an initial period of two years beginning in 2013, with an NIS
80 million budget.

INCB head Dr. Matania said, "The State of Israel is building itself up as an
international center of excellence in the field of cyber defense
technologies. The INCB is building and advancing many state tools, including
academic research and a dual civilian-defense plan with the Ministry of
Defense Directorate for Research & Development
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokemasad311012.aspx
We view the KIDMA program as a principal strategic tool in encouraging
Israeli companies, small and large alike, to advance and strengthen the
field of cyber security."

Chief Scientist Hason said, "For several years now, we have seen an
interesting occurrence in the Israeli high-tech industry in the field of
cyber security. This finds expression in the continual increase in the
number of applications for the various kinds of support given by the Office
of the Chief Scientist in this field. Several leading global companies in
the cyber security field have received support from the Office of the Chief
Scientist over the years. The new project is designed to provide an
additional lever for industrial development in this field, which has been
defined by the Government as one of special importance. We believe that
these tools will increase the capabilities of new and young companies to
develop in this field."

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