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Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Security (SIT), Europe’s biggest organization for applied scientific research, is teaming up with Israel in a new cybersecurity research partnership.

“Cybersecurity is a cornerstone for modern democracies, and Germany and Israel share the objective of protecting our citizens, governments and businesses from cyberattacks. Establishing international collaborations on cybersecurity R&D is key for achieving this goal. The planned partnership between Fraunhofer SIT and Israel is an important step in establishing close research relationships in cybersecurity between our two countries,” said Israeli Ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman.

Fraunhofer SIT, in cooperation with leading academic research institutions in Israel, will establish a Cybersecurity Innovation Center in Israel, the company recently announced. The main focus of the joint research activities will be to bridge the innovation gap and accelerate the development of secure software, systems, and services.

“Israel is one of the most innovative locations for technology-oriented enterprises. Fraunhofer has had ties with the country for many years: The new cooperation between Fraunhofer SIT and its partners in the area of IT Security complements our strategic engagement in Israel. It not only provides Fraunhofer with opportunities for applied research but will generally bring positive effects for Germany and Israel. The cooperation paves the way for new systems and products to protect freedom and democracy and benefit both societies and their economies,” said Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

“Israel is a hotspot for innovation and home to some of the most talented cybersecurity researchers and engineers worldwide,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner, Director of Fraunhofer SIT. “Fraunhofer SIT has decades of experience in applied cybersecurity research and in helping industry and governments to solve their security problems. Bringing this practical experience from Germany to Israel has the potential to form the leading cybersecurity research center in Israel, and will greatly benefit the societies and economies of both countries.”