Homeland Security Monitor July 2016

Homeland Security Monitor
July 2016

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Nice, the EU is looking into Israeli-developed technology spot terrorists online. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP).

EU Explores Israeli Technologies for Spotting Militants Online

European Union (EU) leaders are exploring Israeli-developed technology to help identify "lone-wolf" militants by analyzing their online activity. In the wake of several attacks in France and Germany, EU security officials have become increasingly concerned about self-radicalized assailants who engage in little to no communication with militant groups, making it harder for intelligence agencies to intercept them. Israeli technologies can provide European leaders with effective automated methods for sifting through online social networks.

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United States, Israel Expand Real-Time Cyber Cooperation

On June 21, Israel and the United States signed a cyber defense declaration calling for real-time cyber connectivity between the two nations. Head of Israeli National Cyber Directorate Eviatar Matania and Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas authorized the bilateral agreement during Tel Aviv University’s annual cyber week. The agreement approves real-time operational connectivity through both nations’ Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTS), making Israel one of the first countries to join Washington’s Automated Indicator Sharing program.

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House Bills Seek to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Partnership

On July 14, leaders on the House Homeland Security Committee Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) introduced new legislation aimed at strengthening bilateral cybersecurity research and development efforts between the United States and Israel. H.R.5843 and H.R.5877 follow the lawmakers’ congressional delegation to Israel in May, which focused on key cybersecurity issues facing both countries. “The United States and Israel are the two top exporters of cybersecurity technologies,” said Langevin. “Cybersecurity is the security challenge of our age, and developing innovative ways of managing the risk we face demands cooperation with our close allies like Israel.”

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Head of Israel's National Cyber Directorate Discusses Evolving Cyber Ecosystem

In a July 11 interview with Defense News, Israel's National Cyber Directorate head Eviatar Matania explored Israel’s cyber ecosystem and its recent evolution. The unique structure, said Matania, “…reflects a comprehensive national spectrum from cybercrime to cyberwarfare to address not only threats but the multitude of economic and social benefits to be had from this new frontier.” Matania spearheaded the creation of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau and National Cyber Security Authority, which coordinate Israel’s cybersecurity needs and response across government ministries and Israeli defense.

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