Following the start of Israeli air strikes against Hamas, hacker groups, including Anonymous, have declared open season on Israeli cyber defenses. However, Israel has invested heavily in cybersecurity and cyber operations, allowing it to defeat more than 44 million hacking attempts on government websites, losing only one website for about 10 minutes.

Israeli Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz credited strong Israeli “investments in…computerized defense systems” as critical to Israeli success so far.

The U.S., on the other hand, is poised to slash its already flawed cybersecurity defenses with budget sequestration, leaving U.S. government systems even more vulnerable.

The U.S. government does not have the best track record on cybersecurity. With at least 75 cybersecurity failures over the past eight years and 13 in the past six months, U.S. government cybersecurity efforts could use some rethinking and additional resources.

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