Strides in Cybersecurity

A fifth of Israeli startups are involved in cybersecurity, making it the country’s largest technology sector.

By Israel Today Staff |
E-GOVERNMENT PROJECT Photo: Yossi Zamir/Flash90

It is a logical outcome for a country that is under constant attack, including Israel-haters in cyberspace.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has one of the world’s top cybersecurity divisions and this has filtered down to private businesses. The nation has become a major exporter of this technology, totaling $6 billion in 2014 or 8 percent of the global market. Top customers are the US and European states, but there has been a sharp growth in sales in the Asia Pacific region, led by China and India.

Though one of the world’s smallest countries, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch devotes a separate section to Israel in its report on the global cybersecurity industry. “Israel stands out as a leader in small specialists; due to its political position and history, it has a very focused agenda to produce leading-edge solutions for the military/intelligence community,” the report says. “Israel is considered an international leader in cybersecurity with its ‘Unit 8200,’ which is the largest intelligence unit of the IDF.”

The Israeli cybersecurity sector includes about 430 companies employing 19,000 people.

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