University Representatives Meet with Israeli Consul General

(August 15, 2014) — Members of Armstrong's Cyber Security Research Institute recently met with Israeli Consul General Opher Aviran to discuss future areas of collaboration between Israel and the University System of Georgia.

Armstrong Police Chief Wayne Willcox and university cyber crime instructor John Taylor, J.D., LLM. joined representatives from Middle Georgia State College, Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech in a discussion at the University System of Georgia's offices in Atlanta on August 12.

Consul General Aviran and USG Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby addressed the recent Georgia trade mission to Israel and the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discussed collaborative cybersecurity agreements with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Chancellor Huckaby.

“After the briefing, the Consul General commented that he believed Israel and the University System of Georgia could collaborate together and help each other in areas of research and education that would make both of our countries stronger and better prepared to deal with cyber security in the future,” said Willcox.

Armstrong was one of four USG institutions invited to the meeting and the only university with a Cyber Crime program. A future USG collaboration with Israel could have a positive impact on faculty and students at Armstrong.

“This is important for Armstrong because it potentially represents opportunities for our faculty and students to interact, study and conduct research with Israeli cyber security students and experts,” said Willcox. “Israel is an acknowledged leader in cyber security, and the ability to enter into a collaborative relationship with them would move Armstrong's cyber crime program and cybersecurity initiatives into a global arena.”