Homeland Security Monitor - August-September 2009

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

1. Israeli Technology Used to Secure Port of Miami 2. Scientists Discover New Protection for Nuclear Radiation Exposure 3. Israeli Company Puts DNA Fabrication to the Test 4. IBM Israel Discovers New Ways to Protect Internal Data from Theft 5. Gas Reserves Underwater to Prevent Attacks

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The Port of Miami will use an Israeli company to help improve its security.



1. Israeli Technology Used to Secure Port of Miami
The Port of Miami will be using an Israeli Company, NICE Systems, to improve its video monitoring mechanisms to ensure the protection of the areas in and around the port, Government Security News reports. The new Israeli system will be used to protect the four million travelers that come through the port annually as well as the 7.4 million tons of goods.

2. Scientists Discover New Protection for Nuclear Radiation Exposure
An American scientist, working in cooperation with an Israeli researcher and investors, has developed a new medication that can protect people from nuclear radiation and from the radiation used in cancer treatments, Ynet reports. Professor Andrei Gudkov, chief scientific officer at Cleveland BioLabs, worked with Dr. Elena Feinstein of Israel to produce the groundbreaking medication, which has received most of its fiscal sponsorship from the U.S. Health and Defense Departments as well as from some Israeli financers.


3. Israeli Company Puts DNA Fabrication to the Test
The Israeli company Nucleix has created a mechanism to distinguish between fraudulent and authentic DNA sampling and thereby prevent biological identity theft, Agence France Presse reports. Since DNA is used for a wide range of criminal detection in the United States and around the globe, it is important for screening to include testing for manipulation. Nucleix, which sent DNA samples to an American company for testing, has formulated a method to detect falsified samples that would otherwise pass through current screening processes.

4. IBM Israel Discovers New Ways to Protect Internal Data from Theft 
IBM Israel’s R&D Lab in Haifa has created a new system that allows companies to block sensitive information from employees by manipulating pixels instead of putting restrictions on the data itself, Israel 21c reports.  Since employees can sometimes have access to sensitive information due to difficulties in changing who can access what data in a database, the Israeli group created a system called Magen, which allows a company to select what each individual looks at without having to create multiple databases. The technology provides a more efficient, cost effective means to secure data, and is a product useful for major companies in the U.S. and around the world.

5. Israeli Proposes Underwater Gas Reserves to Prevent Attacks
Ofir Sarid, CEO of SeaGen Systems, is researching a method to store liquefied gas tankers underwater to avert terrorist incidents or other mishaps from taking place, Israel 21c reports.  An attack on an underground tanker of propane or butane could have terrible consequences, but with the underwater system in place the threat of sparking, fire, and explosions can be eliminated.  This product could have major implications for American port safety as a deterrent for attacks.


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.