Israel-Gaza War: Ironscales, Deep Instinct, More In Shock Over Hamas Attack

What this conflict will mean for the cybersecurity industry remains to be seen.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

October 11, 2023

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Israel is known as a global cybersecurity hub, and now companies based there are dealing with widespread attacks by Hamas across the country and the ensuing all-out war.

Among cybersecurity companies and others in the channel that call Israel home are Check Point Software Technologies, Cato Networks, Cybersixgill, Radware, Dig Security, Privatise, Grip Security, Nice Systems and more.

Few companies are ready to go on the record with how the Israel-Gaza war is impacting them.

Rik Turner, senior principal analyst with Omdia, which shares a parent company with Channel Futures (Informa), said people from various companies are telling him some of their younger colleagues have been called up to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), “with everyone else just keeping the business going, as you’d expect.”

Israel-Gaza War: Cybersecurity Professionals Likely Heading to Front Lines

News broke on Monday that Israel was calling up 300,000 reservists, “which means there is a good chance that some of the folks who’ve spoken to us over the last couple of years will be receiving the call to go back into uniform, and I’m sending a few emails now to see if I can find out any more about how they all are,” Turner said.


Omdia’s Rik Turner

“One guy commented that ‘Israel will prevail, but will also never be the same,'” he said. “Clearly, the immediate priority will be the armed response, which looks set to be massive and have tragic consequences for the civilian population of Gaza. [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has alluded ominously to it ‘changing the Middle East forever,’ whatever that means. In a few weeks’ time however, I suspect they’ll be taking a long hard look at the role played by military intelligence and shaking things up somehow. What that will mean for the cyber industry, once everyone is back in their civilian clothes, remains to be seen.”

See our slideshow above for more on the impact of the Israel-Gaza war on cybersecurity companies and others in Israel.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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