1. Israel Serves as Homeland Security Laboratory
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter discussed in a recent closed-door meeting ways to promote the exchange of homeland security technology between the two countries, Congressional Quarterly reports. The two officials are seeking to implement recent legislation that calls for stepped-up efforts to promote the exchange of homeland security technology between the United States and its closest allies. "In Israel, we have threats on a daily basis," Dichter said after the meeting. "It's not a theoretical threat. It's a real threat. ... You can use Israel as a sophisticated laboratory."
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2. Terrorism Prevention Discussed at U.S.-Israel Symposium
Senior American and Israeli officials met in Jerusalem in late October for a symposium aimed at confronting terrorism in civil society. The symposium, organized by leading Public Security Ministry chief scientist Dr. Yisrael Barak and his U.S. counterparts from the National Institute of Justice, was attended by 15 Americans and several dozen Israelis, including Israeli Minister of Public Security Avi Dicter and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones. The symposium represented the conclusion of a two-year collaboration of bi-national research teams examining various aspects of the impact of terrorism on police strategies in a democratic country and on society.
3. Israeli Encryption Guru Warns that Networks are Vulnerable
A leading Israeli researcher has warned of the dangers of even a single error in microprocessors, which could compromise individuals' privacy, wallets and confidence in the virtual economy, Israel21c reports. Adi Shamir, one of the world's most renowned cryptographers and a professor of applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, said that the increasing complexity of modern microprocessor chips has made the existence of small, undetected errors almost a certainty.
4. Israeli Technology Guards Mobile Phone Identity
The Israeli company ClassifEye could provide the solution to the growing threat of identity theft and the expense of biometric technologies, Israel21c reports. ClassifEye is a newly developed fingerprint authentication technology that users can download on nearly any mobile phone that has a camera. As a result, ClassifeEye eliminates the need for additional hardware - such as fingerprint sensors, USB keys and code generators - and substantially reduces the costs of such technology.
5. American Physicians Train for Emergency Roles in Israel
More than 30 American and Canadian physicians traveled to Israel in early November for a grueling, five-day course in Israeli emergency and trauma medicine. Israel's Ministry of Health and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) cooperated with the American Physicians Fellowship (APF) in coordinating the bi-annual "Medical Emergency & Disaster Preparedness" mission, which has taken place for ten years. "Israel has earned global respect for its incomparable emergency medical care," said APF Vice President, Dr. Mike Frogel, the leader of the delegation. "The invaluable experience and lessons learned will also be applicable to Emergency Preparedness planning back home in the U.S. and Canada."