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HLS & Cyber 2018 – Day 1


Today, I was honored to be part of an exceptional Convention, the HLS & Cyber 2018 convention, organized by the Israel Export Institute. There is so much to say about what they are doing, alone, however, I must give a good word firstly to the coffee. A little bird told me that the best coffee in the place was the coffee made at Q Cyber Technologies, where the Ripples coffee maker made digital drawings on the cappuccino. Great coffee, makes a good conference!

Making the rounds I met many very interesting technologies, including a couple of face recognition platforms, that don’t leave many people ‘incognito’. All the companies at the conference had well attended booths, including, BriefCam, AnyVision, Aeronautics Group, Checkpoint, and G1.

The sponsors included some traditionally military backed technologies such as IAI, MER Group, Elbit Systems and Rafael, which had a predominantly large numbers of male attendees at their booths.

Lt. Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz

I was happy to attend the opening video presentation of a seriously feature-rich Home Land Security contingency plan for an HLS & Cyber attack that included impressive strategic and defensive maneuvering of resources in real-time.

After the opening remarks given by Sharon Kidon, Lt. Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz, Former Minister of Defense, Former Chief of Staff, Israel Defense Forces, took the stage and gave the technological perspective of Israel Cyber Defense reality in today’s day. It was an endearing beginning, however there were still so many companies to meet and people to speak to, after MK. Eli Cohen, Minister of Economy and Industry of Israel began speaking, I went out to the convention hall again to meet new Startups.

After the 10:00 o’clock break, I spoke to the Israel Export Institute representative of the new initiative called “Identify Top Targets With DiscoverOrg” introducing overseas interest with Israel’s Cyber Technology offerings. The new ‘Scoop’ option enabling specific line by line information, or the full database of 500 lines search-option for $12,000. Of course, you can come in to the Israel Export Institute and view the details for FREE; downloading reduces the number of credits bought. The ‘Report Link’ feature enables you to buy data from reliable sources as PDF files, while ‘Statista’ enables you to subscribe to an Infograph which can be downloaded and put into use on PPT presentations, and the likes.

Identify Top Targets with DiscoverOrg

I must say, that above and beyond the stunning conference they produced, The Israel Export Institute also starred in the PRESS room, where the international press were waiting for Mr Adiv Baruch, the CEO of the Israel Export Institute to give them a speech. The countries attending were Greece, Costa Rica, South Korea, Israel, Latin America, Panama, and Italy.

After an initial welcome to the HLS & Cyber conference, Mr Baruch, explained that when you come to this conference it is in the context of understanding the past and seeing the future. The Biblical Jewish roots of 4000 years play a part in the Technology which is in every aspect of our lives.

Why Hi-Tech and Low-Tech is the future of creativity is a mindset due to Israel not having any natural resources except the intellectual brain. As a small country with the highest percent of Nobel prize winners – we are so open, and welcome every country around the world with “the most beautiful house in the worst neighborhood”.

The inception of technology in Israel, was as a military solution for civilians; creating advantage, if not in size, in the numbers of tech and cyber companies, who identify threats, and intercept attackers.

We all want to be connected, and billions of sensors are accessing data at massive cost – medical devices, remote surgery, medical records, bank accounts, all are under threat – it’s only a matter of resources as to how long it will take for them to be exposed.

Some numbers given by Mr Baruch:

  • $100 billion dollars export in Israel
  • 10% is export due to HLS and Cyber
  • Over 1000 companies developing HLS & Cyber solutions
  • $10 billion  dollars exported and growing exponentially
  • $380 billion dollars expenditure
  • 2.43 trillion dollars damage due to Cyber attacks

Mr Baruch concluded with the following statement: “We are expecting to see tremendous growth of expenditure in the Cyber space.”

About Germany:

HLS is US terminology. In Europe, the Europeans only lately realized that terror is not only an Israeli problem. Joint research programs on biological, medical, telecommunication, and cyber threats have developed. There are much more opportunities than before to share our unfortunate experience, here in Israel.

About Italy:

Many more delegations are exposed to the solutions in Italy and have gained acceptance and respect regarding the adoption of financial and healthcare, Big Data, personalized information and security.

About Greece:

The numbers are still at a minimum, but relatively growing. Greece is just overcoming the economic crisis, they’re getting there…

A diplomatic honeymoon is taking place, Greece has tripled all commerce with Israel, the banking system in Israel was originated in Greece. It is easy to understand each other due to us being similar cultures. The Oil Embargo is no longer relevant, and the relationship is as neighbors.

About Tokyo:

Olympic Games – Tokyo – 2020

How should we prepare for Cyber attacks? What kind of cooperation is Israel ready to provide?

The design and development of the Olympic Games in Tokyo has already been implemented – in the Beijing Olympics Israel implemented all the Technology threat and dynamic.

Every month 11,000,000 new malware threats are created. Whenever there is a concentration of people – a large mass – the cyber threat (as warfare) exists with so many visitors. That is a huge target to attack / overcome with transactions on ATM’s and electronic data. Besides this, an intense amount of air-traffic, and airplanes presides in one location at one time. How do you react when crisis occurs?

We’ll leave that up to the big boys to discuss during Day 2.


Satellite Events at HLS & Cyber 2018

Hope to take part in this event again next year.










Other companies I saw also appeared in the conference prospectus, such as:

Cognigo, Promisec, empow, Controp, CymbioT, RoadMetric, Qognify, MS Tech Ltd., and Xsight Systems, Septier Communications, Cortico, Axon, Vision, NowForce and Airobotics.

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3 Co-Working Spaces in 3 Days (Israel) – AYEKA, WeWork, Regus Atrium

I started out my 3 day expedition after numerous cancellations on my part to see additional working spaces. I had a clear schedule but it quickly filled up and I had to reorganize. In so doing, I realized I need a space close to home, in walking distance from my house. I’m familiar with Regus and had visited their Aba Hillel Silver office a number of years ago.

I dreamed one night of The Atrium, on Jabotinsky, and what popped up for me when I Googled it was Regus Atrium. What an idea! To me that was killing two birds with one stone. I got a phone-call from Barcelona following my online form registration.

Regus that International flavor of elegance & old-money, a little unspontaneous but the luxury makes up for it. At any rate, with the International crowd, Regus is the original and takes precedence to the WeWork attitude of ‘live for the moment’.

Regus says ‘live a little’ – I argue that for the pittance of a Google AdWords first line rental you can get the full Monty. Let’s call it the 5K package. It includes the fantastic office space for a single or for a company, and includes the virtual office package to the few times a month people too.

The place is imbued with decorum, and a work-ethic second to none. Take note that your company name is displayed on the board together with full-timers once you are on-board. This is a real-time perk which none of the competitors offer.

In this day and age, it’s very difficult to get a cup of coffee as exquisite as I was served at Regus, on my visit. But, this was second to the one-on-one detailed listener I met in Hadar, the Regus Area Manager, and spokesperson. I was very impressed with her and felt I’d finally met someone who agrees with me, even though I usually have all kinds of ‘new’ ideas.

All the way down the corridor, at the opposite entrance is a very well-known company, called Polycom, now sitting there after many reincarnations.

The following day, I had a Founders Factory event. The fact that it was at WeWork, Ibn Gvirol, was once again killing two birds with one stone.

Parking was not a problem. I found my way into Dobnov 7 WeWork space by following two men who’d opened the door. The fact is that it was the wrong one, but I still had a squiz around and noticed that there was a hostess at the door explaining about the place. It was well decorated, had various levels and on the roof there was very loud speaker volume happening for a conference in a caregiving field, which I heard once outside the building.

I made my way a few steps around the corner to the Ibn Gvirol WeWork space. At the front-desk was a security woman who had not a clue about WeWork, and I was ushered in on a list of attendees to the upstairs bar area by a hostess where I got a feel for the place and the networking potential (albeit not for the work potential).

I distinctly remember arriving later than I had planned and there was nothing extraordinary about the meetup except the space, as I’d never been there. Still, would rather not have had to pay for parking.

In both Regus and WeWork really the pictures taken are seriously undermining the beauty of the place. I think someone that wants to actually work though needs to think more about the position of their office, how quiet it is, and more, than if there’s a networking event. Yes, networking events are fun. I’m still considering which office is suited to a time sensitive writing job.

It’s true I’ve been noting things quite generally and would consider that following factors when renting a virtual office:

  • Virtual assistance requirement
  • Position of office
  • Working hours
  • Event schedule
  • Lifestyle options
  • Parking

AYEKA, isn’t that ‘right here right now’? Then why do they still have ‘Coming soon…’ on the building. I’ve been informed that AYEKA, is ‘where are you’?

At any rate, after trying to figure out the name of the working-space, I was invited for an event & after registration got authorization to come even though I didn’t do my homework. When I arrived I was ‘picked out’ at the door – dammit (#fail). Luckily eventually I realized I know people there, but otherwise completely Jaffa, I’d have to say Jaffa really has it all.

I liked AYEKA’s large, industrial, bright office space. Very cushy without going overboard. I did not see the gym though and wondered if that’s just a selling point, bringing me to the next question; what is AYEKA’s outlook from the point of view that of the three Co-Working spaces it is the only one without additional branches….mmm can this work? Also, Jaffa is lovely but I hear of more and more people running into work nowadays from the outskirts of the Tel-Aviv sprawl – Which working space is the fairest of them all?

AYEKA, it has a flavor. GeekTime sit there. Is that by the way or innovation? Does GeekTime have the clout to buy AYEKA? I can’t help ask these questions…it’s in my nature.

5 W’s versus Documentation ‘go-to’ person

Let the feeling sink in. Your boss has just stopped you in the corridor and told you “I want you to follow-through on all documentation processes in the company”. Your heart sinks.

It’s been a number of hours since this incident and you are still trying to figure out how to fill in the documentation gap which needs bridging since you became PMO over 4 months ago. If it had gone to Product, this task would have come out of their budget or Marketing, but shouldn’t this be in R&D?

The project Gantt is empty, needless to say it’s going to take more than one person to fill.

Where do you start? If realizing your dream is what is at stake, it’s more than a project management goal; meaning, if you want to settle for less you’ll continue to drag your heels instead of going to the ‘go-to’ documentation people.

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  • Who needs to do it?
  • Where will the budget come from?
  • When should it have already have been ready?
  • Why did the gap happen?
  • How can it be managed?

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Technical Documentation Check-List

Your manual will be perky if you can answer YES to the following:

  • Does the manual describe the procedures after the version update?
  • Do the procedures work?
  • Have the screen-captures been updated to show the current running version?
  • Have the screen-captures been updated to show available new options, pop-ups and floating windows?
  • In cases where windows can be accessed in one or more ways, are they fully described in the Getting Started, Quick-start or the Procedure itself?
  • Does every heading 1, 2, & 3 have a lead in sentence introducing the subject?
  • Do you have updated fields, styles or buttons which you need to carry over from other files to update the template?
  • Have you checked your Grammar & Spelling?
  • Also, Technical Manuals should be tested in the same way the product is tested: Documentation bugs should be added into the QA bug report system under Docs.
  • The documentation and products teams should review the data, while the QA should test the data.

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