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January 2, 2015 3:41 pm

British Intelligence Agency Inspired by Israeli Approach to Recruiting Technology High-Fliers

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GCHQ in the UK is seeking to attract tech experts with short term contracts, as in Israel. Photo: Twitter

British spymasters are taking a leaf out of Israel’s book by launching a scheme that would permit the country’s smartest web experts and technology entrepreneurs to be hired on short-term contracts to tackle global security threats.

That idea has been inspired by work by the Israeli government, which has enlisted tech stars to work in the Israel Defence Forces’ Unit 8200 – the equivalent of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ,) the information and data gathering arm of British intelligence. By following the Israeli model, the British intelligence services would benefit from the input of technology experts who would otherwise be unlikely to sign up for life-long jobs as government employees.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a speech last month: “I have long admired the Israeli start-up nation which is home to more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other country. What struck me most was that the Israeli culture of innovation wasn’t down to the facilities or the technology, impressive though they were.”

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Maude continued: “It was the people – and the human relationships – they were the critical element. It came down to a group of individuals, perhaps as few as just 2 or 3, sitting together to find a solution or to work through a brilliant idea – thinking together, experimenting together, failing, learning, adapting and ultimately succeeding.”

A security source added: “Although there is more thinking to be done, we think the Israeli model is interesting and are considering if we can learn from it to build on the significant work that GCHQ already does, in partnership with industry and academia, to develop the technical skills the UK needs to meet its cyber security objectives.”

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  • Jerry Rosenberg

    When dealing with Muslims trying to impose their barbaric
    medieval (indoctrinated from birth) ideas of how to live life, it is time to send them on their way to a land that
    allows them that freedom.??
    The Muslims really believe they are on the verge of taking over the world and imposing Sharia law.
    The imans keep telling them that.
    Lets prove them wrong

  • victoria brandeis

    BRITAIN WILL USE ALL ELEMENTS THEY LEARN FROM US TO

    HARM US….THERE ARE NO FRIENDS AMIDST BULLIES……I SHAKE

    MY HEAD IN DISGUST AT THE WORLD…..THE SECULAR ARMS OF

    AFFLUENZA BOUND INDIVIDUALS WHO BELIEVE THEIR PHILOSOPHY

    IS BETTER THAN THE JEWS……THE BRITS KILL RABBI DONNER AND YOU THINK HE JUST WENT FOR A DRIVE.

    THINK TWICE…WE JEWISH SOULS LIVE ALONE IN THIS WORLD AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO ALONE AMIDST OURSELVES THAT WE TRULY DO NOT NEED THE EXTERIOR EXCEPT TO BE EMPLOYED……

  • Valery

    of course, Israel has a lot to learn in the field of security and organization of work in this direction. This experience is invaluable, especially when the threat from radical Islam threatens the whole world.

  • Sara Springer

    The first step England needs to take is deport the Muslims wanting to impose Shar’ia law and threaten the safety and security of the country..

  • steven L

    Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude should also admire and find inspiration in Israel ETHICS.

  • Atilla

    ” Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a speech last month: “I have long admired the Israeli start-up nation which is home to more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other country. ”

    Please note that, all you PCMC morons who are trying to send the west back to the 7th century, by believing you can have a functioning multicultural society with the same barbaric scum who deny Israels right of existance

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