The Israeli government decided to prioritize cyber security 4 years ago as “an enabler of the economy”. Veterans of Israel's legendary high-tech spy agency (unit 8200) were previously sworn to secrecy. Now being a former member of the unit has become something to openly brag about.
By placing the military’s cyber talent next door to businesses and the researchers at Ben Gurion university, the government hopes to bring together some of the country’s best minds in security. Jerusalem Venture Partners, Israel’s oldest and largest venture capital firm, has already established its own incubator for cyber security start-ups in the park. Yoav Tzruya, a partner at the firm, says it prides itself on being an active shareholder and moulding new ideas into globally successful companies.