Professor Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, head of the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University, announced on June 12 that the university is set to launch a new undergraduate and graduate program for studies in cybersecurity as of next year.
The degree will be awarded in conjunction with the university's Faculty of Engineering and School of Computer Science and, according to Ben Yisrael, it is “the first of its kind in the world.”
Development of the cybersecurity field has been declared one of the major objectives of the Israeli government. Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett announced on June 9 that the goal was to turn Israel into “the capital of the cyberworld.”
Ben Yisrael further said that the degree would meet the need for the training of quality personnel in this field, which suffers from a shortage of experts. Israel is one of the leading countries in the world in cybersecurity, home to companies such as Check Point, Imperva, Elbit and others.
The cybersecurity program will offer a number of study tracks even outside the Faculty of Engineering or the School of Computer Science. Thus, for instance, it will be possible to enroll for cybersecurity studies in the faculties of humanities, social sciences or law.
The program will include courses in information security, computer science, international law and the history of the cybersecurity field. According to Tel Aviv University, the new cybersecurity program does not require approval from the Council for Higher Education, as it is to be incorporated in the framework of existing faculties and departments.
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