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Report: With Lowered Restrictions on Cyber Exports Israel Targeting 20 Countries for Sales

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to ease licensing and technology transfer restrictions on dual-use, cyber-related products and services, and on Tuesday Mishel Ben Baruch, director of the defense ministry’s Export and International Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT), told the HLS and Cyber conference in Tel Aviv that his organization is targeting more than 20 countries for enhanced cyber-related trade, DefenseNews reported.

“We identified specific opportunities and needs in more than 20 countries around the world with which SIBAT has close ties,” Ben Baruch said, noting that Israel’s defense ministry is about to coordinate “a special effort to advance the exceptional capabilities of Israel’s cyber defense industries.”

According to Ben Baruch, SIBAT’s survey of potential customers indicates needs which the Israeli defense industry can satisfy, such as developing “cyber vaccines” for weapons and command and control systems; advanced national Computer Emergency Response Team centers; protection of strategic facilities; cyber-related training and trainers; and advanced cyber-crime tools and services.

According to Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (NCD), cyber-related exports in 2015 amounted to about $4 billion, close to $800 million higher than the 2014 figures, and second in scope globally only to the US. NCD is expecting to get very close to, if not exceed the $5 billion mark in 2016.

Such figures, he said, include all cyber-related exports, from commercial off-the-shelf and dual-use capabilities through sensitive military-end use products, services and technologies.

Ben Baruch would not reveal who those 20 plus countries are, but, according to DefenseNews, a defense ministry official whispered to the crowd, “Definitely not Russia.”

JNi.Media

Coming: Tel Aviv 4th International Homeland Security and Cyber Exhibition

Monday, November 7th, 2016

On November 14-17, 2016, thousands of politicians, law enforcement decision-makers and security professionals from around the world will gather at the Tel Aviv Convention Center to attend “Israel HLS & Cyber 2016.” The conference will focus on today’s most imminent security challenges, such as the threats of both physical and cyber terror, securing airports and major transport hubs, and protecting critical infrastructure.

Complementing these important discussions, the Exhibition will run simultaneously and showcase 160 Israeli companies, offering some of the world’s most innovative and advanced technologies in the field.

Years of heightened terrorist threats have led many governments to expand their security measures. Now, more than ever, greater attention is given to protect strategic assets, such as transportation hubs, stadiums and sports facilities, and critical infrastructure.

Faced with a multitude of terrorist threats since its inception, Israel has encouraged and supported the development and implementations of state-of-the-art homeland security solutions. Today, Israel is home to more than 400 companies in this sector and is widely considered to be in the forefront of the global security industry.

In recent years, Israel has also become a leading cyber nation. In 2015, the Israeli cyber sector reached $4 billion in total sales, representing 5% of that year’s global sales in this sector. More than 300 cyber companies operate in Israel, and the number is growing every year.

JNi.Media

Massive Cyber Attack Knocks Out Major US Internet Sites, Then in Parts of Europe

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

A mega cyber attack on the eastern United States late Friday knocked out the internet via simple devices such as digital recorders and webcams, rapidly spreading to the rest of the country and then to parts of Europe.

Internet giants such as PayPal, Twitter, Spotify, as well as other customers of the Dyn infrastructure company in New Hampshire were down across the Eastern Seaboard at first, but then the malfuction spread rapidly across the internet to other sites.

Dyn is a firm that acts as a kind of distributor or switchboard for internet traffic. The company’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York, told Reuters, “The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very challenging for us.” The Flashpoint security firm is assisting Dyn with analyzing the attack, Reuters reported Saturday.

The company said the attacks were coming from millions of internet addresses, which called it an especially potent type of distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Such an attack involves flooding the target with so much junk traffic, the targeted address freezes up.

Users were also unable to reach CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yelp, Mashable and some sites hosted by Amazon.com Inc.

The hackers used home devices previously infected with a malicious code – in this case, Mirai code that was dumped on to the internet a month ago – – that caused outages that began in the United States, but quickly spread across the country and then to Europe.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have launched an investigation into the breach.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said at a briefing on Friday that it was not yet clear who was behind the attack. The comment came in response to a question about whether the breach was part of “what seems to be an escalating cyber war with Russia.”

Earnest replied, “I know that the Department of Homeland Security … is monitoring this situation. And they’ll take a close look at it. But at this point, I don’t have any information to share about who may be responsible for that malicious activity.”

Users in some areas of Western Europe were unable to make payments on the PayPal site late Friday as well. There was no indication that Israel was affected by the cyber attack.

Hana Levi Julian

US, Israel to Sign Super-Speed Cyber Info Sharing Deal

Monday, June 20th, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is set to sign an agreement Tuesday on behalf of Washington with Israel to automate the sharing of cyber data between the two nations.

Mayorkas made the announcement Monday at a cyber conference at Tel Aviv University during an appearance with the head of the university’s cyber department, IDF Maj.Gen. (res.) Isaac Ben-Israel.

The new agreement will upgrade the speed of information sharing and help allies avoid hacker attacks with timely data at a time when cyber terror attacks threaten government resources, the two men said.

“The data about the attacks is on our computers,” Ben-Israel told The Jerusalem Post in an interview during the conference, “but sometimes we see it too late.” The problem of hackers rapidly replicating data is one that has programmers working hard to develop new defenses against cyber terror attacks.

Israel is engaged in developing new technologies that he said were, among other things, “using a much larger data set,” which could help to “defend against the next threat.”

Hana Levi Julian

Ben-Gurion University Launches International CyberTech Summer Program

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will launch a cybertech program for international students this summer in data mining and business intelligence.

University President Prof. Rivka Carmi described the curriculum in her opening remarks Tuesday at the 2016 Cybertech Conference and Exhibition. BGU is the academic sponsor of the event for the third year in a row.

Over the last few years, data mining has become a factor in the competitive environment and is used in organizations from operational decisions to strategic planning.

The summer program in data mining and business intelligence is designed to meet the need for academic training in these fields, Carmi said. The Summer Program in Data Mining and Business Intelligence is to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge, including tools, on data mining.

The program offers two academic courses where students learn the basic tools of data mining and the utilization of machine learning techniques for cyber security. The program includes a mandatory one week internship at BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center. The internship corresponds with the course materials and contributes the practical experience component. In addition, students will take part in professional field trips to leading companies, in order to enhance their understanding of data mining and cyber security.

The program is intended for high achieving students in their final year of undergraduate studies or pursuing graduate studies in Information Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Industrial Engineering and Management. Applicants must have a GPA no lower than 82 and be proficient in English.

“The world is increasingly turning to Israel for cyber security, and within Israel, BGU is leading Beer-Sheva to become a major national and international center,” Carmi said.

BGU has gathered partners to create the CyberSpark hub in Beer-Sheva.

Deutsche Telekom, EMC, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PayPal and others will cooperate in launching centers of excellence at the Gav Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) adjacent to the University.

“The Park is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership arousing international interest because of its rapid growth and achievements,” Carmi said.

Israel’s government is providing financial and logistical support via the Israel National Cyber Bureau. In addition, Israel’s CERT will move to Be’er Sheva in the coming months as well.

In a few years the IDF’s elite technology units will also have their own campus adjacent to the Advanced Technologies Park. Soldiers will earn degrees from BGU and conduct joint research with the University and industry partners.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Installing Metal Detectors at Jerusalem’s Gates

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Police will be installing metal detectors at a number of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem, according to an exclusive Galei Tzahal report.

In addition, a new Arab cyber division will be opened to track Arab coordination for terror attacks on social media platforms.

What is not clear is that since there are already plenty of knives inside every kitchen in the Old City, how will this help, and why didn’t the police have an Arab cyber division until now to track their online coordination?

Jewish Press News Briefs

US Worried China Will ID American Spies After Massive Cyber Hack

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The headaches are not yet over from that massive cyber attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Washington is now worried that China can use the stolen information to identify the American spies that have been working there secretly throughout the past decade – or longer.

American officials maintain that the CIA and other intelligence agency records were kept separate, and thus were protected from the breach. Nevertheless, through a process of elimination and combining other data, they said Friday hackers can use “big data analytics” to track the identities, according to a report Saturday in The New York Times.

Although the Obama administrative has continued to be reluctant to name the Chinese government as being responsible for the hack, sources who spoke with the newspaper had no such problems.

Millions of records were stolen in the cyber heist over an 18-month period, and may were records of those who had Top Secret clearances. It’s not yet clear what the Chinese would – or could – do with all that data.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-worried-china-will-id-american-spies-after-massive-cyber-hack/2015/07/25/

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