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Brandeis International Business School celebrates Israel-Massachusetts economic relationship

Udi Mokady, CEO of CyberArk, and Lior Div, CEO of Cybereason, are honored with Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship

The International Business School will present the 2018 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship at an event at the school celebrating the Israel-Massachusetts economic relationship this afternoon.

The Asper Award was created by Leonard J. Asper’86, the CEO of Anthem Media Group and former president of CanWest Global Communications, Canada’s largest media conglomerate. It’s been awarded by the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship to individuals who exemplify the Asper Center’s values of entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking. The Center itself serves as a platform for the International Business School to examine and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders.

Mokady and Div exemplify the vision of the award and the Center. Both CEOs moved from Israel to Boston and made the decision to establish their global headquarters in Massachusetts. Mokady is a visionary entrepreneur who established CyberArk as a cybersecurity leader, took it public, and continues to influence the evolution of the privileged access security market. CyberArk is a trusted security partner to more than 3,650 global businesses, and Mokady oversees the company’s global expansion, management, execution and corporate development.

Div, who received the Medal of Honor as a commander in the Israeli army’s elite cyberintelligence unit, led Cybereason to triple its size in the past 12 months. Both men have had a significant impact on the fast-growing Israeli cybersecurity cluster in Massachusetts.

“It's truly an honor to receive this recognition from the Asper Center, and to be part of this incredible community. The entrepreneurial culture of Boston and the strong cybersecurity ecosystem have been important to CyberArk’s market leadership—helping us to cement strong customer and partner relationships and attract top-tier talent to grow the business,” Mokady said.. “We’ve developed a strong relationship with the International Business School and I look forward to continuing to work with the Asper Center to empower the next generation of leaders who will influence the future of entrepreneurship in Boston.”

“Being named the recipient of the Asper Award from Brandeis University is very humbling because there are hundreds of talented executives in Massachusetts and the broader New England region that bring a profound entrepreneurial focus and spirit to their companies and our economy. At Cybereason, we are experiencing record growth, but I am not satisfied because of the advantage that adversaries have over the vast majority of companies and consumers. Our singular mission at Cybereason is to make cybercrime unprofitable for hackers and nation states by placing the bullseye squarely on their backs around the clock with vigor and determination," Div said.

The award ceremony this afternoon is open to the public and will be followed by a fireside chat with both executives about the future of cybersecurity, moderated by Bloomberg Reporter and Anchor Anne Mostue. Additionally, 90 West CEO Alex Goldstein will share research on the impact of cybersecurity on the Massachusetts economy.

“Here at the International Business School, we pride ourselves on celebrating entrepreneurs who dream up innovative, entrepreneurial solutions for some of the biggest problems we face,” said Ben Gomes-Casseres, director of the Asper center at the business school. “These two recipients of the 2018 Asper Award are an inspiration to our students and an illustration of the importance of the Massachusetts-Israel partnership in advancing innovation and economic cooperation.”

About Brandeis International Business School

Brandeis International Business School, located in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass., welcomes students from throughout the United States and around the world into its innovative and diverse community. The current student body includes representatives from over 40 countries.

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