You should know that Israel is a country where if a company need to develop encryption product they must be authorized by the government.
The government don’t want that companies doing cryptography can do anything bad to them and what they can do of good for the government, so they have to first be authorized.
That’s because those kind of technologies are considered fundamental for the intelligence and espionage capabilities of Israel country.
To give some example of “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” companies:
GSM encryption products “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” – Gold-lock
Interception of communication products “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” – Verint
HF encrypted Radio “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” – Kavit
Surveillance services and equipment “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” – Multi Tier Solutions
For example how to apply for a “License by Israel Ministry of Defense” if you do encryption technologies in Israel?
Be sure to be an israeli company, click here and fill the forms.
Someone will contact you from email@example.com and will discuss with you whether to give you or not the license to sell.
What does the department of defense will require from an israeli company in order to provide them the authorization to make and sell interception and encryption products?
Well, what they want and what they really ask nobody knows.
It’s a secret dealing of Israel Ministry of Defense with each “licensed” company.
What we know for sure is that Verint, a “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense”, placed a backdoor to intercept companies and governments in the US and Netherland into the interception systems they was selling.
CIA officier reported that Israel Ministry of Defense was known to pay Verint a reimbursement of 50% of their costs in order to have from Verint espionage services trough their commercial activity on selling “backdoored” interception equipment to spy foreign users.
It can be a legitimate doubt that the cooperation within the Israeli Ministry of Defense may be problematic for an Israeli company that want to sell interception and encryption product abroad.
Those companies may be forced to make the interests of Israel Ministry of Defense and not the interests of the customers (like Verint scandal is a real-world example).
So, how would a “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense” be a good things to promote?
It represent the risk that the “Israel Ministry of Defense”, like is publicly known that it has already have done with Verint, will interfere with what the company do.
It represent the risk that the “Israel Ministry of Defense” may reasonably provide “reimbursement” of costs paying the company and get what they would likely would like to get.
So, what does really “Israel Ministry of Defense” want from Israel companies doing encryption and interception technologies?
Should we ask ourself whether Israeli companies doing encryption and interception businesses are more interested to do business or to do “outsourced espionage services” for their always paying customer, the “Israel Ministry of Defense”.
For sure, in the age of financial crisis, the Israel Ministry of Defense is a paying customer that does not have budget problem…
Strict control, strict rules, strong government strategic and military cooperation.
If you want to read more about this matters, about how technologies from certain countries is usually polluted with their governments military and secret services strategies stay tuned as i am preparing a post about this .
You will much better understand about that subjects on the “Licensed by Israel Ministry of Defense”.