On September 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut the ribbon on the Beer-Sheva Advanced Technologies Park (“ATP”), located at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (“BGU”). Upon completion, the ATP will encompass sixteen buildings on twenty-three acres of land, with two million square feet of office and lab space, a conference center, and a hotel.
BGU is ATP’s academic research partner and the ideal location for ATP given its focus on cybersecurity matters—the city of Beer-Sheva is a growing hub of cybersecurity innovation, and is also home to Cyberlabs, Israel’s first cybersecurity incubator. CyberLabs is located at the ATP near the Israeli army’s elite technology units, which include the main cybersecurity training center for the Israel Defense Forces. A clear objective of the ATP is to pair the best talent in academia and the military in order to foster the growth of companies focused on cybersecurity initiatives and research.
Prime Minister Netanyahu declared the ATP “a national cyber centre that will maximize the resources of the University, the IDF, and the new high-tech tenants.” ATP is already home to several international companies, including Oracle, Deutsche Telekom, EMC², RSA, and ECI Telecom.
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