Refael Franco

Chief Executive Director of Robustness, Israel National Cyber Directorate

As Deputy Director General for Robustness, Refael is in charge for the overall cyber robustness of the Israeli civil domain, the national critical infrastructures, government institutes, Israeli sectors and the election process.  As part of his responsibilities, Refael leads the national efforts on cyber regulations, methodologies, training, awareness and the development of human capital. In his capacity he is overseeing 'Identification and Biometrics Applications' and the 'Auditing' units of INCD and building the National Assessment and Preparedness of Cyber Crisis Management.

In his previous position Refael was the Executive Director, Regulation and Training Division at the Israel National Cyber Security Authority, where he developed 'Israeli Defense Strategic Methodology' and led the implementation of the "Cyber Profession - Cyber Practitioner" into the formal national education curriculum. Prior to that Refael served for 20 years in the Israel Security Agency (ISA) in a verity of positions; Field Officer for Security & Operation, Head of the Operations Field Security Unit, Head of the Cyber Security Audit Unit and Director Governance at the Cyber Guidance Unit where he led the development of the 'National Critical Infrastructure Methodology' .

Refael holds an MPH (Master in Public Health - Emergency & Disaster Management) from the Faculty of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University, M.Sc. in Animal Science from Hebrew University and BA in Management and Political Science.


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