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IBM Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CCoE)

in Collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

A Cyber Innovation Hub

IBM's Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) in Beer Sheva was announced by IBM in the CyberTech 2014 conference. The announcement event was honored by the presence of Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and the Mayor of Beer Sheva, Mr. Ruvik Danilovich.

The Center has been inaugurated on the campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, within close proximity to Beer Sheva's vibrant cyber technology park. It is the home for a relatively small but influential team of IBM security researchers and engineers who investigate emerging cyber threat and solutions, in collaboration with university researchers, government agencies, clients and partners.

What We Do

In CCoE, we're looking at market and technology trends (e.g., cloud, mobile, web, social media, IoT) and investigate the security exposures they create - and how those exposures can be mitigated. We purposely target hard security problems that are at the forefront of the industry. The outcomes of our work are working software prototypes, architectures, patents, position papers and assessments (see, e.g., the projects tab in this page). The contributions of the Center to the science and practice of information security are well recognized globally by the security community.

Our technical focus areas include security analytics, cloud and network security, secure application development, biometric authentication, cognitive cyber protection and security of connected vehicles.

The Organizational Perspective

CCoE is the latest addition to IBM's global network of more than 6,000 security researchers, developers and experts. With this global team, IBM operates one of the world's broadest enterprise security research, development and delivery organizations. This includes 9 security operations centers, 10 IBM Research centers, 14 software security development labs and the IBM Institute for Advanced Security with chapters in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Collaboration Opportunities

We offer various opportunities for collaboration across our areas of activity. These opportunities include, among others, the following:

  1. Graduate students of BGU, supervised by university faculty, routinely participate in projects that can often culminate to MSc and PhD theses.
  2. Internships are available for qualified international graduate students, in collaboration with the BGU Office of International Academic Affairs.
  3. A limited number of industrial projects is offered every year to undergraduate students, to take as part of their (final year) university curriculum.

For more information, please contact us.

More on The Collaborative Environment

The fundamental motivation for establishing CCoE in Beer Sheva, Israel, within the Ben-Gurion University campus, is described here.

IBM Security Research and Development


Executive Photo
Dr. Yaron Wolfsthal
Associate Director
Head of Center