High-Tech Israelis – Inna Lazareva
(Daily Alert, Feb. 28, 2014)
At a tech conference in London last year, Keren Elazari, 32, an Israeli cyber security expert, hacked into hundreds of mobile phones, demonstrating the devices’ lack of security. Armed with a PC from the age of ten and encouraged by her inventor parents, Keren trained herself through online forums, got a part-time job in a computer store and later, during her compulsory military service, talked her way into working on internet security in the Israeli army. Today, she has job offers from all over the world and advises start-ups and the government back home.
In the 1980s, Avi Loeb, a graduate of an elite army unit, developed a way to make projectiles travel more than ten times faster. Now a professor of science at Harvard, Loeb was only 21 when he presented his project to the head of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, the missile-defense program which became known as Star Wars.
Israel is now Britain’s largest trading partner in the Middle East – thanks to high-tech. (Standpoint-UK)