Prof. Eviatar Matania

Political science studies
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Prof. Eviatar Matania
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General Information

Eviatar Matania (born June 11, 1966) is a professor at the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs at Tel-Aviv University, the Head of the Security Studies program. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Oxford University.

Prof. Matania is the founder and former Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD). In late 2011, Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu appointed him to establish and head the Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB), starting to operate directly under the Prime Minister on January 1st, 2012, responsible for Israel's overall cyber policy and its implementation, as well as for the advancement of Israel's cyber ecosystem. According to Matania’s recommendations, in February 2015, the Israeli Government adopted two pioneering resolutions on the comprehensive cyber security strategy of Israel, including the establishment of a twin-entity to the existing INCB – a National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA). Together, the INCB and NCSA became the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), and Matania was appointed as its Director General. He concluded his role in December 31, 2017 when he completed his six-year term.

Matania is a graduate of the elite academic program "Talpiot", and has held professional and leadership roles in Israel’s defense community across the fields of R&D, technological project management, intelligence analysis, and operations research. He also led the elite military-academic training programs for human capital in science and technology, subsequently, Matania worked in the Israeli hi-tech industry as an executive, an entrepreneur and as a venture capital investment lead, focusing on devising catalysts for start-ups and companies.

Prof. Matania has been a thought leader in policy, technology, and cyber strategy, participating in the foremost international fora, and engaged by leading global companies, top league universities and think tanks, where he has given talks and lectures (Harvard Kennedy School, Columbia SIPA, GW University, Chatham House, Council for Foreign Relations – CFR, Center for Strategic and International Studies – CSIS and Oxford University), as well as by top government officials and formal committees (such as Israeli Knesset Committees and US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Armed Services Cyber Sub-Committee).


Academic Rank and Positions

Head of the Security Studies Program and Tenured Professor, School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs, Tel-Aviv University (July 2018-Present).

Adjunct Professor, Public Policy Program, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University (May 2018-Present).

Adjunct Professor, Strategy & Decision-Making Honors’ Program, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (October 2016-Present).

Research Fellow, Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology & Security, Tel-Aviv University (2009-2011).

Adjunct Lecturer, Executive MBA and Talipot Programs, The Hebrew Univesity of Jerusalem (2002-2011).


PhD in Judgement and Decision-making, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008.

MSc in Mathematics (honors), Specialization in Game Theory, Tel-Aviv University, 1993.

BSc in Mathematics and Physics (honors), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1987.


Academic Publications (Selected)

Matania E., Yoffe L., Goldstein T., “Structuring the National Cyber Defense: In evolution towards a Central Cyber Authority”, Journal of Cyber Policy, Volume II, Issue 1, Chatham House, 2017.
Matania E., Yoffe L., Mashkautsan M., “A Three Layer Framework for a Comprehensive National Cyber Security Strategy”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Volume XVII, 2016.

Additional Publication (Selected)

"Cyber as an Economic Shaper”, Globes’ Israel Business Conference, December 2016. (Hebrew).
“Where is the Israeli Cyber Industry Heading?” with Goldstein Tal, Haaretz, October 2015. (Hebrew).
“National Intelligence Estimate” with Gilboa Amos, Journal of the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center 46, September 2006. (Hebrew).
  “The Other Within Us – Adapting the Training of the Intelligence Officer to Current Times” with LC Y., Maarachot 402, August 2005. (Hebrew).
 “Financing Defense R&D with Venture Capital?”, Maarachot 388, April 2003. (Hebrew).

Talks at Academic Institutions or Think Tanks (Selected)

"Israel – The Making of a Cyber Power: Case Study", at George Washington University (GW), The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS), Keynotes at Symposium on Trends in Technology and Digital Security, September 2017.
"Cyber Security in a Global Context: A Discussion of Technology, Policy and Business Dimensions", at Columbia University, Columbia Data Science Institute and School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)’s Tech and Policy Initiative, September 2017.
"How Israel Became a Cybersecurity Power", at Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), Roundtable Series of Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity, Moderated by Adam Segal, Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, CFR, September 2017.
"Israel's Cyber Security Challenges", at Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, September 2016.
"How a Nation Should Develop and Forge its National Cyber Security Strategy and its Basic Elements", at Chatham House, May 2016.
"A Three Layer Framework for Israel's Cyber Security Strategy" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Roundtable moderated by Dr. James A. Lewis, senior vice president, June 2015.

Conference and Event Talks (Selected)

"Cyber Defensive Primacy: Could Defenders Hold the High Ground?", the 8th international Cyber Security Conference, Tel-Aviv University (TAU), June 2018.
"The Interdisciplinary Cyber Challenge in Healthcare", the 8th international Cyber Security Conference, Tel-Aviv University (TAU), June 2018.
"What Nations Should Do and What They Do in the Cyber Domain", a Dialog with Mr. Rob Joyce, Special Assistant to the President, Cybersecurity Coordinator, White House, the 7th International Cyber Security Conference, Tel-Aviv University (TAU), June 2017.

Special Talks (Selected)

US Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Ron Johnson, an Informal Meeting, September 2017.
US Senate, Armed Services Committee, Cyber Subcommittee, Sen. Mike Rounds, Chairman, an Informal Meeting, March 2017.

Teaching (Selected)

Sources of Power in Government: Between Theory and Practice (MA) [2018-Present]
Politics and Technology (BA) [2018-Present]
Cyber Policy (MPP) [2018-Present]
Cyber Strategy and Policy (BA) [2016-Present]
Decision-Making in Public Policy – From Theory to Practice (BA) [2016-Present]

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