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BGU & ASU Awarded Prestigious Energy Cyber Grant

BGU & ASU Awarded Prestigious Energy Cyber Grant

May 28, 2021 - Summarized from Arizona Jewish Life

Homeland & Cyber Security

Arizona Jewish Life – A winning consortium led by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) – the Israeli leader, and Arizona State University (ASU) – the U.S. leader, along with several other tech partners, including Georgia Tech Research Corporation, will receive up to $6 million under a U.S.-Israel Energy Center research funding grant for energy infrastructure cybersecurity.

Prof. Dan Blumberg, Simon Family Chair in Remote Sensing, vice president for regional and industrial development at BGU, and director of BGU’s Homeland Security Institute.

Orchestrating the proposal for the grant is BGU Prof. Dan Blumberg, an alumnus of both BGU and ASU. Prof. Blumberg is the Simon Family Chair in Remote Sensing, vice president for industrial and regional development as well as director of the University’s Homeland Security Institute. BGU has collaborated with ASU on environmental research in the past, and Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, was the one that initially suggested collaborating with BGU on the submission of the winning proposal.

The consortium’s research project is entitled: Comprehensive Cybersecurity Technology for Critical Power Infrastructure AI Based Centralized Defense and Edge Resilience.” Increasingly, both Israel and the U.S. face costly cyberattacks that can cause severe damage to critical energy infrastructure. This consortium will develop, integrate, and test technologies, and demonstrate high-value cyberattack mitigation technologies on the energy infrastructure using data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“We are so proud of Prof. Dan Blumberg and Prof. Yuval Elovici, who have worked tirelessly to transform BGU and Beer-Sheva into the center of Israel’s cyber ecosystem,” says Doug Seserman, chief executive officer of Americans for Ben-Gurion University. “We congratulate them along with the winning BGU research team and partners who will leverage their remarkable cyber and artificial intelligence capabilities to secure critical energy infrastructure of both countries with the generous support from the BIRD Foundation.

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