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Nearly 3/4 of Israelis Confident Their Country Can Handle Major Cyber Attack

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Nearly 3 in 4 Israelis — 73% — believe their country is ready to deal with a major cyber attack, a study published by the Pew Research Center this week showed.

That level of confidence is the highest among the 26 countries where the survey was conducted.

Some 53% of Americans felt similarly about their own country

The publics with the lowest levels of faith in the cyber defense capabilities of their governments were Brazil and Argentina — at 16% and 9% respectively.

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