(Israel21c) High school dropout Nir Gaist, 25, is paid by the Israeli Ministry of Education to develop and teach a cyber-defense curriculum for future Israeli computer engineers.
"Yes, there is some irony in this," he acknowledges with a ready smile during an interview with ISRAEL21c.
Gaist is one of those rare prodigies for whom a high school diploma – let alone a bachelor's or master's degree – would be irrelevant.
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He is founding CEO of Nyotron Information Security, a Herzliya-based firm with $5.5 million in funding, serving clients in Israel, the United States and Europe. Nyotron's "Paranoid" end-user software identifies and deflects incoming threats by analyzing the behavior of the computer rather than trying to outsmart every new virus or worm.