Homeland Security Monitor-January 2016

Homeland Security Monitor
Homeland Security Monitor
January 2016

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas led an American delegation to the CyberTech conference in Israel.

Department of Homeland Security Partners with Israel on First-Responder Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Public Security to jointly fund innovations in first-responder technologies, reports the Times of Israel. The Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) will assist in grant allocation, estimated at $12 million over three years. The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological fields by providing conditional grants to approved projects and discovering potential strategic partners for joint research and development ventures.

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Travels to Israel's CyberTech Conference

Leaders from around the world headed to Israel in late January for CyberTech, the world’s second largest exhibition of cyber technologies. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas led a delegation to the conference and delivered keynote remarks alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other industry leaders. According to DHS, Mayorkas also met with representatives from Israel’s National Cyber Bureau to discuss continued U.S.-Israel cooperation in cyber security, law enforcement and border security.

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Israeli Robots Win Pentagon Contracts in Fight against Terror

Israeli startup Roboteam Ltd. was chosen by the Pentagon for a $25 million contract, reports Bloomberg News. Founded in 2009 by Israeli special-forces officers, Roboteam develops inexpensive military robots that help in the fight against terrorism, specifically protecting soldiers from improvised explosive devices in combat zones. Roboteam’s light weight robots cost half the industry average and can climb stairs, see around corners and provide video stream to troops or police officers. “In the threats we face today, with these coordinated attacks like in Boston and in San Bernardino, equipment like Roboteam’s and others gives us a huge capability to assist in responding,” said Eric Gahagan, a trooper on the Massachusetts state police bomb squad.

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Israel to Open World's First Aviation Cyber Innovation Center

Tel Aviv University and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) established a joint center for innovation in aviation, reports Israel 21C. “The agreement has two aspects: developing a new set of tools for civil transportation for IATA; and training IATA personnel in cyberspace [security],” said Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, an Israel Air Force general officer and veteran who heads Tel Aviv University’s Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. “Like hundreds of international organizations, IATA is interested in the leading expertise of Israeli technology and academia,” said IATA Israel country manager Kobi Zussman. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is also continuing discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel on enhancing cooperation.

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Israel Brings Tech Expertise to Protecting Connected Cars

Israel is emerging as a leader in the race to develop cyber security protections for vehicles, reports Reuters. Approximately 420 million connected cars will be on the road in 2018, and protecting them from malicious software has become one of the top cyber security concerns. Tel Aviv-based companies Check Point and Argus Cyber Security, and the Israel teams of technology giants like IBM and Cisco, have begun developing defense systems and solutions. “Car manufacturers for the last 100 years simply built cars and were very good at doing that. Cyber security is generally not their core competence,” said Yoni Heilbronn, the head of marketing at Argus. “This is where it comes back to Israel.”

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