OODA Loop – The Global Technology Sector, Startups, and Cybersecurity Ecosystem Respond to the War in Israel | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Israel is a major player in the global technology sector – boasting the second largest cyber startup market in the world.  Here is how the conditions on the ground in Israel and Gaza is rippling into the technology startup and venture capital ecosystem globally.

The Israeli cyber startup market ranks as the world’s second-largest, attracting investment from abroad as well as support from its own government. Many Israeli tech and cyber executives were trained in Unit 8200, the renowned intelligence division of the Israel Defense Forces.

Now, as the Israeli military gets ready for a potential ground operation in Hamas-controlled Gaza, analysts are predicting a bumpy future for the country’s tech sector — partly because some of the country’s tech and cybersecurity experts may be called upon to join the fight.”

“Members of Israel’s technology sector are reeling from the war unfolding in their country, while trying to keep their businesses going as executives and employees join the fight.

The Israeli military has called up hundreds of thousands of reservists, including many who are employed by startups at home and abroad, as the nation responds to a sudden attack by Palestinian militants over the weekend. More than 900 Israelis have been confirmed dead, according to Israeli authorities. According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, 687 Palestinians have been killed as Israel strikes back.

Business has been interrupted and meetings canceled as organizations deal with the personal impact of the war.

Companies and investors with operations in Israel are assessing how to proceed as staff members, including executives, have been drafted or voluntarily enlist. Firms are checking on their staff’s safety, and attempting to provide support for those who are affected. Entrepreneurs are also coordinating volunteer efforts to support the war and those affected by it, as well as setting up contingencies for how their businesses will operate should they join the fight.

Some Israeli founders who are running startups in the U.S. are also heeding mobilization orders, or are preparing to be called up.”

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