Cyber Expert and Entrepreneur Named Director of Katz Program

Sivan Tehila

Sivan Tehila, a cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur, has been named director of the in-person and online cybersecurity master’s programs for the Katz School of Science and Health.

Dave Schwed and Lev Feldman, who served as co-directors of the program since the school’s founding in 2016, have returned to executive positions in industry but remain on the faculty as practitioners-in-residence.

During a 10-year career in intelligence and cybersecurity in the Israel Defense Forces, Sivan served as an intelligence officer, CISO of the Research and Analysis Division and head of the Information Security Department of the Intelligence Corps. After leaving the military, she joined RAFAEL, an Israeli defense company, as an information security officer and a profiler. She then shifted her career to securing critical national infrastructure at the Israel Railways. Since 2019, she has been director of solutions architecture at Perimeter 81, a cloud and network security company.

Sivan has dedicated herself to promoting women in cybersecurity. She is the founder of Cyber Ladies NYC, a fierce troupe of women innovators who are all driven and accomplished in tech and cybersecurity, and a mentor at the Manhattan High School for Girls, where she developed a unique cybersecurity program. She was recognized by SC Media as a 2020 Woman to Watch in IT Security. In June, she led a team of cybersecurity students who won first place in ISACA’s annual Cybersecurity Challenge.

Sivan teaches the course Cybersecurity Audit, Assessment, and Testing. She holds an M.A. in business development and consulting from the University of Haifa and a B.A. in political science and criminology from Bar-Ilan University as well as a CISO certificate from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

The Katz School’s in-person and online cybersecurity master’s programs help students develop the technological and managerial expertise to plan, implement, upgrade, monitor and audit cybersecurity protocols and procedures, as well as to master state-of-the-art technologies and practices. Students get hands-on experience with threat mitigation, detection and defense—all in the heart of New York City. For more information, contact Jared Hakimi, director of graduate recruitment and admissions, at jared.hakimi@yu.edu