Israel to host homeland security conference

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

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Cyber security, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management will be the focus of the Nov. 11-14th 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 United States Homeland Security secretary; Claude Balland, director of General National Police Commissioner 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 challenges of holding mega events.

The event is organized by the non-profit Israel Export Institute in cooperation with the Israeli ministries of Industry, Trade and Labor, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Homeland Defense, Defense – SIBAT (Defense Export & Cooperation),the Port of Ashdod and the Israel Exhibition Center.

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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