Homeland Security Monitor - September 2011

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2011
1. Israel and U.S. Share a Pain – and Common Hope
2. Boston Airport Tests Israeli Security Strategy
3. Israeli Company Predicts Next Security Crisis
4. Israeli Company Unveils State of the Art Security Software
5. Wave Systems Acquires Israeli Security Company

 

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Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren commemmorated the 9/11 attacks and praised the first responders. Read more...

1. Israel and U.S. Share a Pain – and Common Hope
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, has published an op-ed in the Jewish Daily Forward commemorating the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States. He explained that the Middle East’s only memorial to the victims of 9/11 is in Jerusalem and serves “as a testament to the shared pain – and common hope – of the United States and Israel.” Oren praised the bravery of our first responders and volunteers. The Jerusalem memorial represents “two countries inextricably linked by the same sorrows, strengths and hopes.”
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2. Boston Airport Tests Israeli Security Strategy
Boston’s Logan Airport is testing a pilot initiative that will include engaging passengers in a “casual conversation” at the security checkpoint, CNN reported. Modeled after Israel’s El Al airline, which interviews passengers as part of its security procedures, security officers at Logan will be looking for suspicious behavior while engaging in conversation with travelers. The Israeli system is widely believed to be one of the most secure in the world, and the United States is hoping to model its own security procedures after Israel’s.�0;1D;
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3. Israeli Company Predicts Next Security Crisis 
Trusteer, a malware battling company located in Israel, believes that fraudsters are beginning to target mobile malware, Government Security News reported. Mobile banking is expected to increase rapidly in the next year, creating an easy target for those looking to take advantage. Trusteer CEO Mickey Boodaei explained that “building a powerful fraudulent Android application that steals and abuses your identity and your bank account is almost trivial.” Research by the Israeli company could prepare the world against this emerging threat.
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4. Israeli Company Unveils State of the Art Security Software 
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., based in Tel Aviv, recently unveiled its new security software, as well as two new security appliances, Government Security News reported. The company believes its software is “the industry’s fastest security gateway” and is widely believed to set the industry standard. Check Point believes it holds an edge over many of its competitors because Check Point performs all of its development work in Israel – a trusted U.S. ally – rather than in other countries that do not enjoy such a close relationship with the United States.
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5. Wave Systems Acquires Israeli Security Company
The California-based company Wave Systems has acquired the Israeli company Safend in order to enhance its security and encryption products. Safend offers state-of-the-art features such as encryption for removable devices, endpoint data loss prevention, and content inspection and discovery, among others. Wave Systems’ executive vice-president of marketing and sales, Brian Berger, explains that Safend “increases the depth and breadth” of Wave Systems. The two companies have already begun operating together.
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AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.