Homeland Security Monitor-November 2015

Homeland Security Monitor
Homeland Security Monitor
November 2015

Israeli innovation will help protect New York City’s water infrastructure from cyberattacks.

Israeli Tech to Protect New York Water Systems from Cyberattacks

The New York Department of Environmental Protection signed an agreement with Jerusalem’s water supplier, Hagihon, to partner against critical infrastructure attacks, reports the Times of Israel. Together, the two agencies will develop defenses against cyberattacks targeted to disrupt the delivery of clean, safe water to homes and businesses in New York. The agreement follows another U.S.-Israel joint project aimed at protecting the New York Power Authority (NYPA) from attacks on the state’s electrical grid.

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NASA and the Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement to Expand Space Cooperation

On Oct. 14, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space Association (ISA) Director Menachem Kidron signed an agreement to increase collaboration on civil space activities, reports the Times of Israel. Penned in Jerusalem, the pact enables NASA and the ISA to conduct joint missions, exchange personnel and scientific data and share facilities. “Our two countries have had a long history of cooperation in space exploration, scientific discovery and research, and we look forward to the opportunities this new agreement provides us to build upon this partnership,” said Bolden.

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U.S. Military Chief Visits Israel, Pledges Closer U.S.-Israel Cooperation

On his first overseas trip as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford traveled to Israel on Oct. 17, where he pledged to bolster the already robust military ties between the United States and Israel. During his two-day visit to the Jewish state, Dunford met with several of Israel's top leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I've been in my job for two weeks, this is the first country I'm visiting on my first trip,” Dunford said at the beginning of his meeting with the prime minister. “It reflects the important relationship the United States has with Israel. Quite frankly one of the foundational elements of that relationship is our military-to-military relationship.” During the meeting, Netanyahu and Dunford discussed tactics to counter Iran's malign behavior in the region and other challenges in the Middle East. Dunford also met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

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Israeli Innovations for First Responders Garner International Interest

The Israeli Defense Ministry, the Israeli Ministry of Public Security and the U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation hosted an international seminar on technological innovations for first responders, reports Israel 21C. Israeli companies and government agencies offer tremendous depth in the field and are widely recognized as world leaders. The BIRD Foundation stimulates, promotes and supports cooperative industrial research and development for the mutual benefit of the United States and Israel.

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Microsoft Buys Third Israeli Cybersecurity Firm in Less than 12 Months

On Nov. 9, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Israeli data protection firm Secure Islands, reports Fortune. The deal provides Microsoft a method to secure data across services and to accelerate the company’s efforts to expand its cloud security platforms. The deal follows the tech giant's purchase of Israeli cloud security companies Aorato and Adallom earlier this year.

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