Homeland Security Monitor - March 2012

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE MARCH 2012
1. Israel Develops Technology to Combat Superbug
2. Israeli Device Provides Water on the Battlefield
3. Top U.S. and Israeli Officials Discuss Emergency Preparedness
4. Israel a Leader in Cyber Defense
5. NICE Teams up with Hawaiian Bank to Combat Financial Crime

 

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Israel has become a world leader in cyber defense.
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1. Israel Develops Technology to Combat Superbug
An Israeli scientist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem has developed a new technology to fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Israel 21C reported. These infections are a top killer in both Israel and the United States and the technology could be made available within months. Medical kits with the necessary material to test for superbugs will be able to identify them fast enough to save lives and prevent an outbreak.
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2. Israeli Device Provides Water on the Battlefield
A portable device created in Israel is able to produce water out of air on the spot, The Chicago Tribune reported. The device can be tacked onto a tank and is able to provide water to troops on the battlefield. Transporting water to troops can cost armies around the world millions of dollars and is often dangerous. This Israeli device provides water to troops conveniently and inexpensively.
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3. Top U.S. and Israeli Officials Discuss Emergency Preparedness
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg, commanding general of Israel’s Home Front Command, met in the United States to discuss emergency preparedness, FEMA announced. Israel’s Home Front Command, along with the National Emergency Management Authority (FEMA’s counterpart in Israel), have collaborated with FEMA for the past four years under a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Homeland Security. The officials focused on national preparedness and developing resilient communities as they worked to further strengthen their emergency management systems.
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4. Israel a Leader in Cyber Defense
As the international cyber hacking threat grows, Israel has become a leader in the cyber defense field, The JC reported. Two hundred cyber security companies are based in Israel and many of them are global leaders. The director of one of these companies, Rob Rachwald of Imperva, explained, "Ignoring Israelis when it comes to software security is like ignoring the French when it comes to wine."
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5. NICE Teams up with Hawaiian Bank to Combat Financial Crime
NICE Actimize, a subsidiary of the Israeli NICE Systems, has collaborated with the First Hawaiian Bank to develop a financial crime strategy, the company announced. First Hawaiian Bank uses NICE’s anti-money laundering solutions as it relates to terrorist financing, and the two companies are looking to develop a long-term strategy.
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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.