In some Israeli schools, fourth-graders learn computer programming while gifted 10th-graders take after-school classes in encryption tactics, coding and how to stop malicious hacking. The country even has two new kindergartens that teach computer skills and robotics.
The training programmes — something of a boot camp for cyber defence — are part of Israel’s quest to become a world leader in cybersecurity and cyber technology by placing its hopes in the country’s youth.
To that end, Israel has announced the establishment of a national centre for cyber education, meant to increase the talent pool for military intelligence units and prepare children for eventual careers in defence agencies, the high-tech industry and academia.
"You students need to strengthen us with your curiosity," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told an Israeli cyber technologies expo, sitting next to high school students in a training programme overseen by the defence establishment. "Your years in the security services will be golden years for the security of the nation."
Israel has long branded itself the “Cyber Nation” but authorities say they have been facing a shortage of cyber experts to keep up with the country’s defence needs and keep its cybersecurity industry booming.Monday, February 13, 2017