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Israel aims to outgun America in cyber warfare

Israeli cyber-startups are ahead in the global game of security innovation, while China and Russia rule the offensive cyber roost

Several regions around the world have emerged as key battlegrounds for cybersecurity, both as a destination for attacks from state and non-state actors, and as hubs of innovation in the fight against these threats. There can be no denying that both China and Russia have hit the headlines accused of cyberattacks. Dr Cathy Mulligan, research fellow at Imperial College Business School, points out that both China and Russia have extremely high levels of technical education, plus a fertile set of circumstances, such as geo-political threats combined with technical capacity. Meanwhile, Israel is a defensive cyber-powerhouse. Phil Neray, vice president of industrial cybersecurity at Israeli firm CyberX, thinks that both a strong entrepreneurial culture and the practical experience in cyber-defence from military service are equally important. “Working in a startup is very similar to being in an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit,” he says. “You work in small groups to solve major problems, with limited resources.”

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