TechNation / Bids for Cyber Defense Center Due This Week


Israel is on its way to setting up its Cyber Event Readiness Team, which will serve as the country’s main center for coping with cyber threats. The government will be accepting bids on Thursday from private companies to operate CERT on a 24/7 basis. Among the companies expected to bid are a group including Israel Aerospace Industries, Binat, Verint and Lockheed Martin of the U.S. Another group is composed to the defense company Rafael together with IBM and Cisco; a third is a partnership between Elbit Systems and HP of the U.S. CERT was created by the cabinet in February to provide “first aid” for organizations under attack and to collect information on cyber threats. (Amir Teig)

Cofix selling Walla SIM cards for 5 shekels

Cofix, which brought Israelis the 5-shekel ($1.25) cup of coffee, is now bringing the 5-shekel SIM card – a fraction of the usual cost of 29 to 49 shekels. The chain’s 58 cafes began selling SIM cards this week on an exclusive basis for use on the Walla mobile network, the low-cost network of mobile operator Pelephone that began operations in November and claims about 20,000 subscribers. SIM card-holders can get a package of unlimited calls and a three-megabyte Internet connection for 29 shekels a month. The two companies are spending 2 million shekels on a marketing campaign to promote the deal. (Amir Teig)

U.S.-Israel startup HoneyBook raises $22m

HoneyBook, a U.S.-Israeli startup that has developed an online platform for organizing events, said last week that it raised $22 milion from an investor group led by Norwest Venture Partners. The fundraising brings the total raised by the company since it was founded in May 2013 to $32 million, and the funds will be used to expand HoneyBook’s from its San Francisco headquarters to Los Angeles and New York, and to every major American city, the company said. Other investors included the Israeli venture fund Aleph and the U.S. fund Hillsven joined in the round. HoneyBook, which employs 40 people, including eight in Israel, puts all of the elements of event planning s on a single online platform. (Inbal Orpaz)