In recent years it has become clear that the prosperity and security of developed countries, Israel among them, are closely linked to their ability to protect vital communication and information systems against cyber-attacks. At the same time, the emerging field of cyber security offers excellent career opportunities for young people with the proper qualifications.
In view of the growing need for cyber specialists, the Magshimim program was initiated in the belief that nurturing the talents of youth in the periphery will expand the pool of candidates to serve in the IDF's elite technological units, particularly in the Intelligence Corps, and eventually to lead the high-tech industry in Israel.
The program targets high school students (10th-12th grade) who show a strong academic potential and computer aptitude, as well as commitment and self-discipline.
After a rigorous screening process, they begin a challenging three-year training course with two afternoon study sessions a week, along with motivational activities and visits to high-tech companies and Intelligence Corps units.
Following a successful two-year pilot, Magshimim was adopted in 2013 by the Israeli govenment as a national program. Two years later, a joint initiative was launched to take the program through a quantum leap, scaling it up from 400 to 4,800 participants within 5 years.
Israel National Cyber Directorate
State Lottery Fund
William Davidson Foundation