ATS Defensive Technologies Breakthroughs

Defensive technologies

Learn how Iron Dome, developed by Technion graduates, protects Israeli citizens by destroying rockets before they can cause injury, property damage and, most importantly, loss of life.

Israel is recognized worldwide as a leader in protecting its citizens from threats, in large part thanks to knowledge supplied by the Technion. In the ongoing struggle to stay one step ahead of missile strikes, cyberattacks and nonconventional warfare, the Technion’s technological know-how across several fields is unparalleled. The Iron Dome antimissile defense system was developed mainly by Technion graduates at Rafael Advance Defense Systems, Inc.

In 2002, the Technion founded the Center for Security Science and Technology, to hone its expertise in aerospace engineering, imaging, computer science and other disciplines that are vital to national defense. In 2016, the university launched a multidisciplinary center devoted to cyber security research, which was recently named the Fujiwara Cyber Security Research Center, after supporter Dr. Hiroshi Fujiwara.

Breakthroughs in Defensive Technology

  • Is Your Voice-Activated Assistant Secure?: Two Technion software engineering students were part of a team that figured out how to sneak past lock screen protections and hack into Microsoft’s voice activated personal assistant, Cortana.

  • Bluetooth Breach: Researchers in the Faculty of Computer Science and at the Hiroshi Fujiwara Cyber Security Research Center have successfully deciphered Bluetooth communication, which was previously considered safe against breaches.

  • Iron Dome Software Enters European Market: Iron Dome’s anti-missile tech is set to expand into the European utility market. Technion alumni helped build Iron Dome and co-founded mPrest, the software company charged with the expansion.

  • Cyber Experts Find Flaw in New Intel Chip: An international team that includes researchers from the Technion exploited weaknesses in Intel’s Software Guard Extension (SGX) — an innovative security feature designed to protect private data.