Homeland Security Monitor - November 2013

Homeland Security Monitor
Homeland Security Monitor
October 2013

Israel helped Kenyan authorities respond to the recent Nairobi mall terrorist attack. Read more

U.S. Security Officials Travel to Israel

U.S. law enforcement professionals traveled to Israel earlier this month to learn from Israeli security officials about counterterrorism methods, The Times of Israel reported. The delegation, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), enabled participants to “draw from the latest developments in terrorism prevention and bring these methods back home to implement in their communities,” said Tammy Gillies, the ADL’s regional director in San Diego, in a statement.

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Israelis Help Kenyans Respond to Terror Attack

Israel played a significant role in helping Kenyan forces respond to the recent terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall, The Guardian reported. Yamam, an Israeli border police unit, assisted Kenyan authorities in developing their negotiating strategy. Yamam was not involved in the ground operation, but is specially trained in civilian hostage rescue operations.

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Israeli Security Company Wins Award

An Israeli security company won an award recently for its Digital Doorman access control program, iHLS reported. FST 21’s program identifies people in-motion using advanced voice and facial recognition software. According to Major General Aharon Farkash, FST 21’s founder and CEO, Digital Doorman has a high accuracy rate and is less intrusive because it does not require any keys or codes.

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U.S. Firm Acquires Israeli Security Company

Versafe, an Israeli data protection firm valued at $30 million, was purchased by U.S.-based F5 Networks, Globes reported. Versafe, which provides anti-fraud, anti-phishing, and anti-malware programs, was F5’s latest Israeli acquisition. “The acquisition supports F5’s vision and commitment to provide our customers with secure access to data and applications from any location,” said F5 senior official Karl Triebes.

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Israeli Technology to Secure Miami Airport

NICE Systems, an Israeli security company, has paired with another firm to provide Miami International Airport (MIA) with a runway intrusion detection system, Reuters reported. The NICE Situator will help the airport respond faster to unidentified objects on runways. “Safeguarding our passengers is a top priority at MIA, and our work with UNICOM Government and NICE has made the airport a safer and more secure place,” said Ray Davalos, MIA’s building systems manager.

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