Israel to host homeland security conference


(JTA) — Delegates from more than 50 countries will gather in Tel Aviv for a homeland security conference.

Cyber security, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management will be the focus of the Nov. 11-14 International Conference for Homeland Security, according to Israel 21c.

Homeland security officials, police chiefs, heads of intelligence organizations and leaders of companies in various security fields and other defense specialists are expected to attend and network.

Speakers include Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security secretary; Claude Baland, director general of the national police in France; and the security heads for the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. Heads of the Atlanta and Chicago police departments also are expected to participate.

About 60 Israeli companies will make presentations on homeland security solutions during the conference.

Topics scheduled to be covered include: securing transportation hubs, cyber warfare, how to go from collecting data to acting on decisions, safe cities and the challenges of holding mega events.

The event is organized by the nonprofit Israel Export Institute in cooperation with several Israeli government ministries.

This is the second International Conference for Homeland Security held in Israel. The first was in 2010, when about 500 officials representing 30 countries attended.

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