Homeland Security Monitor - July 2010

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

1. Israeli Company Keeps Underwater Installations Secure 2. U.S., Israel Cooperate in Global Efforts to Curb Cyber-Warfare 3. Israeli Professor Makes Strides in Data Security 4. Israeli Cyber Security Company Launches Offices in U.S. 5. Hebrew University Professor Remains Innovative in Surveillance Field

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1. Israeli Company Keeps Underwater Installations Secure
Israeli DSIT Solutions, a subsidiary of the American company Acorn Energy, continues to enhance protection of underwater installations, Israel 21c reported.  DSIT combines the use of sonar and audio devices with other systems such as cameras to enable a keener detection mechanism.  The company’s systems are used globally to keep oil rigs, ports, piers, energy stations and harbors safe from terror attacks and theft.

2. U.S., Israel Cooperate in Global Efforts to Curb Cyber-Warfare
The United States, Israel, and 13 other countries approved guidelines for improving cyber security that will be submitted to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, The New York Times reported.  Experts and diplomats from the participating countries devised methods to deter cyber attacks that would provide the basis for international security efforts. The group advised intergovernmental conversations analyzing security measures and legislation as well as developing a standard lexicon of computer technology terms.


3. Israeli Professor Makes Strides in Data Security
Israeli professor Shafrira Goldwasser of the Weizmann Institute of Science is forging ahead in revolutionizing methods used for Internet security information, Israel 21c reported. Goldwasser, who studied at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California-Berkeley and MIT, created an encoding theory that has been applied to much of the encryption technology used widely today, including for credit card transactions.  She recently was presented with the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science from the Franklin Institute earlier this year for her work in the field.

4. Israeli Cyber Security Company Launches Offices in U.S. 
Waterfall Security Solution, a supplier of specialized systems to protect from cyber threats, will open offices in the United States by the end of the year, the company announced. Waterfall, which has a long relationship with the United States and has received American patents, will participate in the nation-wide cyber test conducted by the Department of Homeland Security at the Idaho National Laboratories.

5. Hebrew University Professor Remains Innovative in Surveillance Field
Hebrew University professor Shmuel Peleg continues to develop new advances in surveillance technology, The Jerusalem Post reported.  Peleg, who recently received his university’s Kaye Innovation Award, created the systems used by BriefCam, an Israeli company.  The mechanism allows for otherwise cumbersome amounts of video footage to be condensed into minutes, allowing for more efficient security systems.
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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.