The BIRD Cyber Program is a joint initiative from the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to promote projects to enhance the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure in both countries.
The program is managed by the BIRD Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports joint research activities between Israeli and American organizations. The initiative plans to invest $3.85 million in projects to develop cutting-edge defense solutions.
The total value of the projects will be increased to approximately $10 million through private-sector funding.
The initiative aims at developing new solutions for detecting and preventing cyberattacks, technologies to protect sensitive data, and improve the security of critical infrastructure systems.
The BIRD foundation provides funding of up to 50% for each approved project, it is important to note that no repayment is required if the project does not reach the sales stage.
The BIRD Cyber Program also provides mentoring for the growth of the projects.
Below are the eligibility requirements for the BIRD Cyber Program:
The BIRD Cyber Program will award four grants for projects related the maritime sectors, airport and air traffic, and industrial control systems (ICS).
Below are the projects approved:
The above projects were submitted in response to the first BIRD Cyber call.
“We are pleased to jointly invest with our Israeli partners in these innovative projects and anticipate that they will deliver new capabilities to enhance the cybersecurity posture and overall resilience of vital critical sectors in both nations,” said Megan Mahle, Director of the DHS S&T Office of Industry Partnerships. Aviram Atzaba, Executive Director for International Cooperation of INCD, added: “We are proud to partner with DHS to develop cutting-edge solutions for small and medium-sized businesses and critical infrastructure cybersecurity… The BIRD mechanism continues to strengthen the strategic alliance between Israel and the United States.”
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, BIRD Cyber Program)