Keren Elazari | Cyber Security Analyst, Author & Researcher

Keren Elazari

Cyber Security Analyst, Author & Researcher

Keren Elazari

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Keren Elazari is an internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, author, and speaker. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, big 4 and fortune 500 companies. Keren is an expert on emerging security technologies and trends and works as an independent strategic advisor for international tech giants and innovative startups.  In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak on the main stage of the prestigious international TED Conference. Keren’s talk has been viewed by millions, translated to 30 languages, and chosen for TED’s ‘Most Powerful Ideas’. To date, Keren’s talk is still one of TED’s most watched talks on the topic of security and hacking.

Keren holds the CISSP international security certification, an Master’s Degree in Security Studies.Keren is a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University, and a former faculty member of Singularity University in California and Reichman University in Israel . Keren is the founder of two nonprofit community organizations: BSidesTLV,  Israel’s largest hacker community - and the global Leading Cyber Ladies network, a professional community for women in cyber security, and she proudly supports the initiative to make cyber security career paths accessible to women of all backgrounds.

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Featured Keynote Programs

AI, Cybersecurity, and the Promise of Tomorrow
A Hacker's Insight

Journey with Keren Elazari through the transformative world of AI and cybersecurity. From her unique vantage point, shaped by personal experiences as a hacker, Keren celebrates hackers as trailblazing innovators. She demystifies AI's pivotal role in cybersecurity, emphasizing its vast potential to safeguard our digital realm. While acknowledging the challenges of "malicious innovation," Keren accentuates the positive: the unparalleled opportunities AI presents. In this digital age, TRUST emerges as a golden thread, weaving challenge with opportunity. As we gaze into the future, Keren envisions a harmonious interplay between AI and cybersecurity, with friendly hackers championing the cause, ensuring algorithms serve humanity's best interests. Dive into this enlightening exploration of technology's promise, where risks are merely stepping stones to a brighter, secure tomorrow.

Navigating the Digital Frontier
AI, Cybersecurity, and the Hacker's Lens

In a world increasingly governed by technology, Keren Elazari invites you on a journey through the digital landscape, seen through the eyes of a hacker. Drawing from her personal experiences and evolution into a hacker, Keren delves into the fearless spirit of hackers as pioneering innovators and early adopters of technology.

But what role does Artificial Intelligence (AI) play in this realm? Keren demystifies AI's role in cybersecurity, highlighting its potential and limitations. She presents chilling examples of "malicious innovation," where automation, AI, and adversarial machine learning are wielded with nefarious intent. Yet, in this age of digital uncertainty, one element stands out as both a challenge and an opportunity: TRUST.

As we look to the future, the applications of AI in cybersecurity are vast, both as a shield and a weapon. But where do friendly hackers fit into this narrative? Keren posits that they could be the unsung heroes, identifying and rectifying the "bugs" in complex algorithms and machine learning models. Join Keren as she unravels the intricate dance between AI, cybersecurity, and the hacker ethos, offering insights into the risks and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Digital Battlefield
Cyber Warfare in a New Era

The 21st century has ushered in an age where cyber warfare is the new norm, with nations wielding digital weapons to further their political agendas. From the groundbreaking Stuxnet virus to the cyber onslaughts in Ukraine, the digital realm has become the frontline. As we navigate this new warfare landscape, it's crucial to understand the implications for global security and the pivotal role of trust in our digital society

Adapting to Crisis
Cybersecurity in a Post-COVID World

The pandemic reshaped our work and personal lives, pushing us further into the digital realm. With this shift came new vulnerabilities and threats. Dive into the evolving cybersecurity landscape, from Zoom bombings to sophisticated ransomware attacks, and learn how to fortify our digital defenses in these challenging times.

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Featured Book

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level With Practical Advice and Inspiring Storiesby Keren Elazari

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level With Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories

by Keren Elazari
Geared toward women who are considering getting into tech, or those already in a tech job who want to take their career to the next level, this book combines practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals Brianna Wu (founder, Giant Spacekat), Angie Chang (founder, Women 2.0), Keren Elazari (TED speaker and cybersecurity expert), Katie Cunningham (Python educator and developer), Miah Johnson (senior systems administrator), Kristin Toth Smith (tech executive and inventor), and Kamilah Taylor (mobile and social developer).
Written by a female startup CEO and featuring a host of other successful contributors, this book will help dismantle the unconscious social bias against women in the tech industry. Readers will learn:

·      The secrets of salary negotiation
·      The best format for tech resumes
·       How to ace a tech interview
·       The perks of both contracting (W-9) and salaried full-time work
·       The secrets of mentorship
·       How to start your own company
·       And much more

Bonus content:
Perfect for its audience of hackers and coders, the book contains puzzles and code, created as love letters to women in the tech industry. A distinguished anonymous contributor created the Python code for the cover of the book (ghosted in gloss on the hardcover jacket, and also printed on one of the first pages). It references the mother of computer science, Ada Lovelace. Run the code to see what it does!
Mike Selinker and Gaby Weidling of Lone Shark Games, and cryptographer and DefCon puzzle master Ryan “LostboY” Clarke created an “easter egg” of puzzles throughout the book - readers who decipher the puzzles get a prize from the author!

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Cyber Warfare in context of global conflicts

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