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Last week Google threatened to pull out of China after Google internal systems were infiltrated by hackers. In the aftermath of the news, there has been extensive media coverage of the challenges of doing business in China and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has received most of the blame for the security lapse.

Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Amichai Shulman of the data security company Imperva in Israel has been paying close attention to the security breach and after first suggesting last week that the likely attack methods “were sending mail containing malware to Google employees” or “through a vulnerability in Google’s web servers” strongly questions a claim by McAfee that Internet Explorer had a major role in the attack.

Shulman’s skepticism is based on three main points. The first is that it is unlikely that Google employees would be using IE and not Chrome which is Google’s browser. The second is that the sophistication of the attack requires network and not browser vulnerabilities:

“To execute an attack this sophisticated, it likely occurred as a result of spear phishing Google employees to gain access to Google users credentials. A hacker would have to jump through many hoops inside an internal network. This requires network—not browser—vulnerabilities so that the attacker can communicate with malware inside Google’s internal network.”

Shulman’s third point is that despite the likeliness of the problem being network weaknesses, countries, including France and Germany, are now recommending that citizens use other browsers instead of Internet Explorer.

Considering these three points, Shulman asks the interesting question, “Could this be a clever way to boost Google Chrome downloads?”

In early November, Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar, a professional services firm under the interational Deloitte brand in Israel, released its annual list of Israel’s top 50 fastest growing technology companies for 2008 based on percentage revenue growth over a five-year period. Sixteen software companies ranging from security to finance to storage made the list. Below is the top 10 software companies on the list (all in the top 30) and a little more about them. Will you be using any of these companies’s technologies in 2009? 

GigaSpaces Technologies

gigaspaces_logoGigaSpaces Technologies was founded in 2000 and offers an alternative to traditional application-servers for Java and .Net environments. Its eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) allows businesses and developers to easily scale and improve performance at low cost while leveraging virtual environments such as clouds and grids. Its customers include DowJones, Virgin Mobile, Bank Leumi and Webster.

Commtouch Software

commtouch_logoFounded in 1991, Commtouch develops software to protect e-mail by offering spam and Zero-Hour™ virus outbreak protection. Its anti-spam solutions feature its Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) technology and have been licensed by over 80 security and messaging vendors and providers including Aladdin, Check Point, Fujitsu and LG N-Sys

Red Bend software

redbend_logoRed Bend Software is considered to be a market leader in Mobile Software Management and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) update solutions. Founded in 1999,  Red Bend Software offers solutions that give phone users more control over what software components they want on their phones while also increasing the data service revenues of phone carriers. The main solutions include firmware updates, software component updates and data management.

El Far Electronics Systems 2000

Founded in 1986, El Far is the longest-established software company on the list and the lone defense company. El Far provides defense security systems offering integrated software for site management and decision making support. Its Integer software can be used for  managing anything from access control systems to fire alarms to infra red sensors.

InfoGin

infogin_logoInfoGin was founded in 2000 by Eran Wyler after he foresaw the “need for surfing the real Internet on any mobile device.” Over the years, InfoGin has become a leader in “Web-to-mobile content adaptation, enabling mobile users to access any Web site they desire, optimized to their mobile device.” The company’s Internet Mobile Platform (IMP) technology is currently being implemented by several major companies, including Virgin Mobile (UK) and MapQuest.

Actimize

actimize_logo1Around since 1999 and a NICE Systems Ltd. company since 2007, Actimize  is a transactional risk management software company offering solutions in anti-money laundering, fraud prevention, and brokerage compliance. Its technology includes the Risk Case Manager, Visual Modeler and Analytics Server.

Modelity Technologies Inc.

Established in 2000, Modelity Technologies offers a financial modeling and portfolio analytics platform for financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies, to stay competitive and improve their performance.  Its products include Modelity/Advisor, Modelity/Funds and Modelity/Structures. 

FibroLAN

fibrolan_logoSince 1996, FibroLAN has developed integrated fiber-optic broadband access systems that allow organizations in the corporate and carrier markets that are dispersed over metropolitan areas access to the Internet and their Intranets at fast speeds. Its MA and MetroStar technologies both provide the benefit of low-cost remote management. MetroStar has been used by Telstra and the Los Angeles MTA.

Discretix Technologies

discretix_logoDiscretix was founded in 2000 and is the largest single company in the world dedicated to embedded security. Focusing on consumer electronics products that are portable, such as mobile phones and mp3 players, Discretix offers additional security solutions for them that manufacturers can’t provide due to limited resources. Its main products, CryptoCell and CryptoFlash are deployed by major manufacturers such as SonyEricsson, Motorola, Samsung and SanDisk.

Exanet 

exanet_logoFounded in 2000, Exanet is a data storage solutions company offering enterprise companies the latest processing technology that is scalable in capacity and performance, with low cost of ownership. Its product, ExaStore 2008 holds the world record for storage performance and its customers include BBC, Stanford University, and the National Library of France.  

CounterTerror Creations Ltd (CTC), is an Israel-based defense technology company that has created a non-lethal projectile (NLP) that can reduce the amount of civilian deaths resulting annually from civil disturbances, peacekeeping missions and self-defense. The company’s literature describes the NLP as being “based on decreasing concentration of immediate impact energy followed by an increase of kinetic energy that delivers an optimum blow to the target through energy dispersal over a larger impact area during a longer impact time.” The NLP can be used in any standard cartridge.

The company has been backed by funding from the Israel Ministries of Defense and Internal Security and is currently in the final stages of R&D before mass manufacturing a purchase order that it has received from the Israel Ministry of Defense (MOD).

I recently had the opportunity to sit with Art Braunstein, a co-founder of CounterTerror Creations Ltd., to ask him a few questions about his company’s technology and funding.

What is the background of CTC?
When we founded CTC, we were looking for creative scientists with new concepts that we could promote. The non-lethal projectile was the most advanced project we found and we started to research it further and develop it.

What are some of the benefits of the NLP?

The NLP is highly accurate and is intended to reduce any permanent injury. It doesn’t penetrate so there is no concern over damage to internal organs. By reaching ranges up to about 80 meters, it’s accuracy is currently unmatched.

What are some of the advantages for MOD to use the NLP?

This will be useful for MOD for sniper action and special forces. This can be used to capture a terrorist in a non-lethal manner so that they can get information from them. It can also be used to show the human rights efforts that the Israeli defense establishment undertakes.

What is the market like for this?
It is currently a $300 million-a-year market that is expanding into the area of self-defense, specifically guards and personal protection.

When is this expected to reach the market?
Right now, with our current funding, it probably won’t be on the market for another year and a half. With more funding, though, we can plan trips, overseas meetings and generally expedite the production protocol.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel will launch its “most-advanced satellite” on an Indian missile. The article states that the satellite is “capable of transmitting tiny images in all weather conditions.” The satellite was developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and contains Synthetic Aperture Radar capabilities developed by its Elta subsidiary.

This is not the only major joint-defense project by the two countries recently and is just one of many deals that IAI has made with foreign countries over the years. An article on Ynet last week reported that a Dun & Bradstreet study listed IAI as the business world’s most interesting Israeli company because of its many deals abroad.

Aside from being a major player in the technology industry abroad, the company plays an important role in Israel’s economy by employing over 15,000 workers. Additionally, while it is mainly focused on defense technology, it also has a commercial aircraft subsidiary and is one of the oldest technology companies in Israel being founded shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel.