The cybersecurity community convened at the RSA conference this week, which means there were many Israelis in those virtual rooms. Cybersecurity is at the center of Israel’s venture capital-backed technology economy, and with the current Gaza humanitarian crisis unfolding, it’s worth a reminder of how prominent Israeli security innovation has become. In our own niche of the universe, much of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s cloud native security roadmap originates from companies with Israeli founders.
In 2020, 31% of all global investment in cybersecurity went to Israeli companies according to the Israel National Cyber Directorate. Ten Israeli founded companies attained valuations of at least $1 billion in March 2021 alone, which allowed Wiz, Snyk, Aqua Security and Orca Security to join the unicorn club. There are 443 active cybersecurity companies in Israel, and 110 have been acquired or merged in the last six years. For The New Stack alone, the following sponsors are based in Israel or founded by an Israeli: Bridgecrew, Check Point Software Technologies, Rezilion, Redis Labs, Rookout, Solo.io.
There are 373 multinational corporations conducting R&D in Israel, albeit most of them not focused on cybersecurity. Intel and Salesforce are proactively talking about their efforts to employ Arab-Israelis, while in the United States Google is dealing with dissent within its ranks about its own position toward the state of Israel.
Investors at the RSA conference see no signs of a slowdown and expect rapid growth in cloud, zero-trust technology, identity solutions and DevSecOps tools. It remains to be seen whether or not the recent military action will result in boycott and sanctions. If past is prologue, probably not as previous efforts have been targeted only at companies specifically involved with activities in the Occupied Territories.
Bridgecrew, Check Point Software Technologies, The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Rezilion, Redis Labs, Rookout, Solo.io are sponsors of The New Stack. Intel provided funding for some The New Stack projects earlier this year.
Feature illustration by Yizhar Cohen.