Dr. Lior Tabansky

The School of Political Science Government and International Affairs
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Dr. Lior Tabansky
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Dr. Tabansky

Dr. Lior Tabansky offers a unique cybersecurity grasp, combining academic research in International Relations, 15 years of IT-pro work, and business experience in formulating cyber strategies for nations and enterprises in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Dr. Lior Tabansky is the ​Head of research development at Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University, and the academic director of the “Effective Cybersecurity” Executive Education program. Dr Tabansky researches the intersection of technology and power, including defense innovation, strategy of small states, hostile influence operations via Social Media, and cyber capability maturity.

Dr. Tabansky leads the “PROGRESS - Promoting Global cyber Resilience for Sectors and Society” research to model and analyze a sector of the economy as a whole. The World Bank published the new methodology, Sectoral Cybersecurity Maturity Model, based on the PROGRESS and is deploying it to facilitate cost-effective digital transformation for sustainable development worldwide. 

Cybersecurity in Israel,” Lior's 2015 book co-authored with Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, is the first comprehensive "insider" account of decades of Israeli policy and operations​.

His doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professors Azar Gat and Isaac Ben-Israel uncovered the failed peacetime defense adaptation that left even the most developed nations exposed to destructive cyberattacks on strategic homeland targets by foreign states.


Cyber power

  1. Resilience and complex systems, Socio-technical-economic systems (STES)

  2. Cyber Capability Building; Cyber Capability Maturity in international development and the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  3. Cybered conflict, strategy and operations

  4. Cyber capabilities and covert intelligence collection

  5. Defense adaptation, military innovation, defense technology;  Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)

  6. Cybersecurity: a comparative analysis of national strategies 

  7. Cybersecurity risk governance and methodology: Maturity Models, Standards, Frameworks, CIP, OT/ICS/SCADA, NIST CSF

  8. Innovation Systems: national and regional 

  9. Small states: security strategies

  10. Russian strategy and security thought.

  11. Israel's national security 

  12. Israel's defense technology

  13. Weaponized Interdependence


Selected publications

See my scholarly work at


Cybered Influence Operations: Towards a Scientific Research Agenda. Security Policy Library - The Norwegian Atlantic Comittee 2017, no. 2 (December 2017): 36.

Towards a Theory of Cyber Power: The Israeli Experience with Innovation and Strategy. NATO CCDCoE Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon16) proceedings, Tallinn, Estonia. Summer 2016

Critical Infrastructure Protection Policy: the Israeli Experience. Journal of Information Warfare, 12(3), 2013.

Does Cyberspace Promote Human Rights and Democracy? Applying Karl Popper's Scientific Method. International Journal of Science in Society, 4(4), 13-23, 2013.

Cybercrime: A National Security Issue? Military and Strategic Affairs, 4(3), 2012.

International Cooperation in Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Cyber Threats. Atlantic Voices, 2(9), 2012.

Basic Concepts in Cyber Warfare. Military and Strategic Affairs, 3(1), 2011.

Critical Infrastructure Protection from Cyber Threats. Military and Strategic Affairs, 3(2), 2011.

An Interdisciplinary Look at Security Challenges in the Information Age. With Ben Israel, I. Military and Strategic Affairs, 3(3), 2011.


Cybersecurity in Israel. Tabansky, L., & Ben Israel, I. (SpringerBriefs in Cybersecurity Series - Springer International Publishing). ISBN 978-3-319-18985-7, 2015.

Cybersecurity Challenges: The Israeli Water Sector Example. Chap. 9 in R. M. Clark & S. Hakim (Eds.), Cyber-physical Security: Protecting Critical Infrastructure at the State and Local Level. Springer Verlag, 2016.

Israel's Cyber Security Policy: Local Response to the Global Cybersecurity Risk. Chap. 21 in Handbook of Research on Civil Society and National Security in the Era of Cyber Warfare, edited by M. Hadji-Janev & M. Bogdanoski, 475-94. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global, 2016.

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