Tech Industry Connects Texas, Israel

Tech Industry Connects Texas, Israel

Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Israeli Energy and Economic Mission and Southern Methodist University partner to present Texas-Israel Cyber Security Conference.

On May 31, the Texas-Israel Cybersecurity Conference in Dallas brought together senior government officials with leaders from the energy and cybersecurity industries.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) spoke to the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship concerning energy and cybersecurity and the strategic significance of Texas in this regard.

Perry said, “We’re delivering American liquefied natural gas to almost 30 countries today…as a matter of fact, the first shipment of LNG into Israel should be arriving today if not tomorrow. That’s the impact that we’re having.”

Perry also commented on the implementation agreement for the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water, which he and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz intended to sign at the conference. Congress appropriated $4 million for the center in March 2018. Israel will match the funds.

McCaul and Ratcliffe announced their co-chairmanship of the Texas-Israel Cybersecurity Alliance, “an innovative body within the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce that engages industry leaders on U.S.-Israel partnerships in strategic cybersecurity technology,” according to the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman George Seay.

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand economic ties between Texas and Israel.

Doug Deason, conference chairman, added, “The mission of the Texas-Israel Cybersecurity Alliance is to develop government and business relationships in cybersecurity.” ■

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