What makes Israel so good at hacking?
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Flame. Stuxnet. Duqu. Gauss. Offensive cyber toolkits like these have frustrated Iran’s nuclear programs again and again. Israel has even hacked Kaspersky, catching the Russian government using their anti-virus software as a global search engine.
From monitoring mobile coms, intercepting satellite traffic and tapping undersea fiber cables, some consider Israeli intelligence to be on par with the NSA.
How does a small country like Israel consistently produce some of the world’s best hackers and cybersecurity practitioners? What does it take to make it to elite military cyber units like Unit 8200 and Unit 81?
Since the intelligence failures of the Yom Kippur War, Israel has developed its cyber intelligence to ensure that in future, they’ll always be one step ahead.
The secret is people, not technology. Israel’s cyber success lies in its human capital development system. It’s an expert in assessing and selecting top talent, retaining them, and concentrating everything in one geographic area.