CyberSpark was initiated by the Israel National Cyber Bureau to realize the potential of the unique developing ecosystem in Beer-Sheva that includes BGU, the IDF, Israel’s CERT and an increasing number of multinational companies that have found a home at the Advanced Technologies Park.
“Beer-Sheva will not only be the cyber capital of Israel, but one of the most important places in the cyber security field in the world,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the launch of CyberSpark – the Israeli Cyber Innovation Arena in January 2014.
The Beer-Sheva Municipality has joined a national initiative to promote the city as the “Cyber Capital of Israel.” The city was recently recognized in a study by the Brandeis International Business School as one of the international locations showing great promise in shifting global economy and as emerging, up-and-coming hubs that technology companies should consider as they evaluate their global location strategy.
Building on the success of DT, a number of multinational giants have opened Centers of Excellence in Beer-Sheva, including EMC2-RSA, Lockheed Martin, Oracle and IBM. JVP Cyber Labs is the first incubator for fledgling cyber companies investing in technologies that are set to revolutionize the future of cyber security.
A partnership between BGU, the city of Beer-Sheva, KUD, Ltd. and Gav Yam Negev, the ATP provides state-of-the-art laboratory and office space and potential for growth.