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Data Security and Privacy Group Manager
IBM Research - Haifa



I am the manager of the Data Security and Privacy group at IBM Research Haifa. Data Security and Privacy group holds several activities including: dynamic data masking, privacy in AI, AI on encrypted data, predictive analytics & outlier detection, sensitive data classification, consent management, , anonymization and more.  Prior to becoming a manager, I lead the research and development of the IBM Data Masking Toolkit. The project and product deals with policy based dynamic data masking in web applications. Product was GA in 2014 in the Guardium product line and goes by the name Guardium for Applications.

In the past I was part of the Biomedical Informatics group where I lead research and development of decision support systems and tools for formalization of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology as part of a care coordination joint program. and previous to that was the technical lead of Hypergenes Hypergenes, an FP7 EU 4 year Project researching Essential Hypertension. 

My current expertise lie in data security and privacy domains, especially around privacy, data security, sensitive data management and GDPR. Past expertise are in the biomedical informatics field including clinical decision support and clinical practice guidelines formalization in the oncology domain, as well as in semantics and interoperability of clinical and genomic data. I spent several years pushing the use and adoption of standards such as HL7v3 Clinical Document Architecture and Clinical Genomics Genetic Variation. I also have experience in medical imaging interoperability involving the DICOM standard and several IHE integration profiles such as XDS-i.

I like to hike, play the guitar, read (anything but thrillers), and play any sport that I can get my hands on: triathlon (running, cycling, swimming), rock climbing, skiing, tennis, ping-pong.... and anything else you want to play :) Mostly however, I am a husband to Keren and a father to four children.