Podcast: Alon Arvatz on Israel's Cyber-Security Industry https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2023/09/podcast-alon-arvatz-on-israels-cyber-security-industry/

The founder of a new start-up explains how Tel Aviv became a global hub for cyber-security, and what it means for global and local politics.

September 29, 2023 | Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Alon Arvatz
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Workers at the Israel Electric Corporation cyber-security center on March 13, 2016 in Haifa. David Vaaknin for The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Podcast: Alon Arvatz


Israel’s success in military cyber-operations and cyber-security, from disrupting Iranian nuclear development to covert intelligence gathering, is well known. It has given birth to a cluster of companies that have made Tel Aviv a global hub for cyber-security.

Alon Arvatz is CEO and co-founder of PointFive, a new cybersecurity start-up based in Tel Aviv, and the author of a new book, The Battle for Your Computer: Israel and the Growth of the Global Cyber-Security Industry. With Mosaic’s editor Jonathan Silver, he talks here about some of the factors that make Israeli companies so competitive in cybersecurity, how military and intelligence applications of cyber technology have changed over time, how he thinks they will change in the future, how these technological capabilities relate to policy and politics, what kind of regulatory oversight is appropriate for the industry, and much else.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble.