Meet the female alums of the Israeli Army’s elite tech training school


It’s no secret that women can have a hard time breaking into the tech sector. But when Nofar Diamant and Dana Gutkind interviewed for their jobs at Perion Network, a Holon, Israel-based technology company, they were snapped up immediately. They didn’t even need to sell their experience—which was convenient, since they’re not allowed to talk about it.

That’s because the two women are both alumni of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) elite Unit 8200, which is a leader in areas like electronic intelligence gathering and cybersecurity. People who have served in the unit are among the most sought-after hires in the tech world.

(Tech) soldiers for hire

Those who work in 8200 have passed rigorous testing and security clearances, often having been spotted for possible recruitment in high school. Because military service is compulsory in Israel—men serve for three years and women serve for roughly two years— Unit 8200 has…

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