Fairfax County EDA sponsors Israeli conference focusing on homeland security and technology issues

FCEDA Tel Aviv office director will lead November 13 panel on cybersecurity development

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is a sponsor of the Israel HLS 2012 conference in Tel Aviv November 11-14 that will focus on homeland security issues and technology. The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute organized the event for public-sector officials and industry representatives to discuss homeland security topics such as technology advances, airport security, crisis management and safe communities.

At the conference, Yair Ephrati, director of the FCEDA’s Tel Aviv office, will moderate “The State Serving Industry: Toolkit for Developing an Advanced National Cyber Industry,” a November 13 panel discussion on how governments can spur the development of cybersecurity technology.

Fairfax County, minutes from Washington, D.C., has emerged as a homeland security industry center with a strong network of technology companies, government agencies and contractors. About 14 percent of Department of Homeland Security procurement in fiscal 2012 went to Fairfax County businesses, according to the Federal Procurement Data System.

The FCEDA opened an office in Tel Aviv in 2004 to work with Israeli companies considering expansion in the U.S. market. More than 25 Israel-based companies or those with roots in Israel have operations in Fairfax County, including many that have a focus on security or defense technologies: Artis-Plasan Sasa, Elbit Systems, Mate USA, Senstar-Magal, Skyline Software, Spacenet-Gilat and Vovici-Verint.

“Government and companies around the world are working together to answer homeland security challenges, and Fairfax County is an ideal location for companies to partner with global systems integrators, government contractors and agencies,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “Because of its proximity to Washington and the Pentagon, and the highly trained workforce, Fairfax County should be the location of choice of Israeli companies that are developing cutting-edge homeland security technologies and want to expand in the U.S. market.”