Team8, a company specializing in cybersecurity that was founded by former high-ranking personnel from the IDF's renowned Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200, is usually in the news because it works with entrepreneurs and large corporations to solve one of the most troubling problems facing our generation – cyberspace threats.
But on Good Deeds Day, their exposure was somewhat different. Thanks to an initiative by Ronit Benbasat Rom, the company's VP of Human Resources who also heads Tovanot B'Hinuch's forum of HR professionals, Team8 volunteered to visit Herzog High School in Holon and explain to Science and Math students why it was not only important to pass their matriculation exams, but also to major in one of the fields of the future, such as cybersecurity. By doing so, the students can ultimately guarantee a much better future for themselves.
Fifteen employees from Team8 came to Herzog and talked to the students about their company, their profession, and their work. The day began with a lecture by Oren Blitzblau, a Team8 employee who is in charge of community relations.
"In Chinese, the word crisis has two meanings – disaster and opportunity," Oren told them. Oren lost his eyesight in 2005 during a military operation when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives right next to him. Oren chose to view the loss of his eyesight as an opportunity to beat the limitations, acquire a new profession, and even travel around the country – and by setting a personal example, encourage teenagers to overcome the personal obstacles blocking their way.
The moving session can be summarized in the following two sentences provided by two students who attended the lecture:
"I realized that it's important to seize the opportunity and not wallow in self-pity."
"I realized that everything's possible and it doesn't matter what your starting point is, but rather how much drive you have."