Homeland Security Monitor: February-April 2020


America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) have created a cooperation mechanism to fight the coronavirus pandemic. (AP/Ariel Schalit)



America’s FEMA Teams Up with Israel’s NEMA to Defeat Coronavirus America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) joined forces in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint discussion—also attended by the health departments of both countries, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Security Council (NSC)—representatives from the two countries discussed curbing the spread of the virus, vaccinations, issues related to quarantine, assisting elderly populations, emotional support, returning to routine activity and economic rehabilitation, among other issues. “The conference call resulted in the decision to establish a joint working group and knowledge-exchange mechanism in light of the fight against the COVID-19 virus pandemic,” a statement released by Israel’s Defense Ministry reads. “In addition, representatives from both countries exchanged information about the challenges they face."


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Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Checkmarx to be Acquired by U.S. Company for $1.15 Billion On March 20, Israeli cybersecurity firm Checkmarx was reportedly acquired by U.S. private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $1.15 billion. Checkmarx conducts application security testing and is known for finding security flaws in major technology platforms, including Google and Samsung camera apps and LeapPad tablets. It services clients in 70 countries, including 40 Fortune 100 companies and half of the Fortune 50. The Israeli company called the move the largest-ever acquisition of an application security company.


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Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Helps Companies Secure Remote Work As a rising number of workers are forced to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli cybersecurity firm Cyber 2.0, is shifting its service toward protecting those workers. It is entering the American market in Atlanta. Cyber 2.0 typically focuses on protecting companies’ main file servers, however, the company has adapted its cybersecurity technology to protect employees’ cloud-based servers as they work from home.


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WATCH: Israeli Cybersecurity Innovation Showcased at AIPAC’s Policy Conference In early March, AIPAC invited Israeli innovators to share their latest creations with Policy Conference attendees. From cybersecurity to medical breakthroughs, Israel is a world leader in producing technology that saves lives. One of the cybersecurity innovations showcased, Double Secret Octopus, generates a multi-factor double authentication method that does not utilize passwords, making computers more secure.


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Tel Aviv Hosts Virtual Hackathon to Address Cybersecurity Threats During Coronavirus From April 5-7, Tel Aviv hosted a virtual hackathon to tackle coronavirus obstacles faced by cities worldwide, hoping to generate technological solutions for these social and logistical issues. The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, a member of the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN), invited programmers, designers, and startups to participate in the three-day event. “A hackathon is a natural accelerator for resilience actions, it enables the open exchange of talent and knowledge, from city to city, to develop solutions for problems brought about and exacerbated by the outbreak. COVID-19 is the challenge of our time and we are excited to support our member-cities to take part in this timely global effort,” said Lauren Sorkin, acting executive director of the Global Resilient Cities Network.


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IsraAID Creates Online Program to Help Coronavirus First Responders In March, IsraAID established an online platform to help first responders cope with stress-induced from COVID-19. "IsraAID webinars are structured to support mental health workers by providing a framework for reducing stress as well as sharing specialized information on stress, trauma, coping and resilience at this time,” said Dr. Debra Kalmanowitz, IsraAID’s psychosocial support specialist working on the organization’s coronavirus response. In addition to its online platform, IsraAID is sending humanitarian assistance around the world to help in places that are being hit hardest by coronavirus.


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