Deborah is an independent legal and policy expert in four major areas of Israeli and global cybersecurity and regulation: cyber defense and readiness, critical infrastructure protection, cyber terrorism and internet governance. She researches, writes and speaks frequently on these issues at academic and professional conferences.
Deborah is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and Special Counsel to the New York law firm Zeichner, Ellman and Krause LLP in the field of cybersecurity. Currently, she is a member of the International Group of Experts drafting the “Tallin 2” manual on state activity in cyberspace; and of the ILA’s Study Group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism and International Law.
In 2010-11, she co-chaired the National Cyber Initiative Policy and Regulation Committee, under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office. She works with closely with Konfidas Digital, a leading Israeli cybersecurity firm. Deborah will be teaching the inaugural course on cybersecurity law at the law faculty of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center in 2016-17.
She is a Research Fellow at the Herzliya Institute for Counter-Terrorism and a member of its Cyber Desk Review; Lead Researcher at the Minerva Center at Haifa University’s Law Faculty; a Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and Ne’eman Workshop, both at Tel Aviv University; and a past member of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau public committee on the cyber professions.
Deborah served for more than seven years (2007-2014) as Director of the Wexner Foundation’s Israel Fellowship Program, a leading international organization that develops public leadership at the highest levels in Israel and the US, together with the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a 2001 program graduate.
Prior to these positions, she was an Analyst Team Leader for Middle East regional issues at the Reut Institute; and as Director of the Department of Regulation and International Treaties and in the Director-General’s Bureau of the Israeli Ministry of Communications (1994-2005). While at the Ministry, she served on delegations to the World Trade Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the Oslo Accords negotiations, and those for the peace treaty with Jordan.
Deborah has taught at the law faculties of Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University and the College of Management in Rishon LeTsion. She is a board member of the Forum Dvorah of women in foreign policy and national security; the Israeli organization PUSH for Success, which boosts learning capabilities for Israeli schoolchildren; TALI, providing pluralistic Jewish studies to 200 schools; and the Israel Institute for Innovative Diplomacy.
She received her B.A. in History and Anthropology summa cum laude from Wellesley College and the Ècole de Sciences Politiques in Paris; her LL.B. and LL.M (cum laude) from Hebrew University; and a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Foundation Fellow in 2001.