Digital Health and Dual-Use – Israel Plays Role of Security Haven

Living in the land of Startup Nation brings about many opportunities for being acquainted with innovative, revolutionary initiatives. With the highest number of startups per capita – second only to the United States – Israel presents a formidable incubator for many newfound business ingenuities.

One of these rather groundbreaking initiatives deals with the cybersecurity aspect of medical care. The industry of digital health is evolving rapidly, not only ensuring better management for healthcare providers, but also assuring us that our fate, as well as that of our loved ones, is in safe hands. This reassurance of wellbeing is priceless, a fact which makes most of us overlook the many risks that these technology advances may present to our security and happiness.

Digitalizing healthcare makes our most private information potentially accessible to a wide variety of hackers. Extortionists looking for an easy profit could hypothetically hack medical files or procedures, demanding enormous sums of cash in return for your safety or that of those you hold dearest. State actors might also take part in such extortionist activities on a larger scale, taking down an enemy country’s ability to care for the health of its armed forces and civilians. This can be most alarming in Israel’s case, as rounds of fighting between Israel and its surroundings (whether it be Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south) are frequent, and Israel’s ability to withstand such rounds determine its aptitude to deter its enemies. Israel’s medical facilities and infrastructure play a pivotal role in upholding its sturdiness, what could prove to be an Achilles heel if disrupted and put out of use.

DoMed, an Israeli cybersecurity company which is dedicated to constructing products for interlinked medical devices, can really be seen as a ‘tool of war’, as it is serves as a vital instrument in protecting a country’s capacity to give imperative healthcare services. It is also essential for private enterprises and users, who might be deterred from seeking medical treatment, as alongside traditional risks, new ones have appeared. DoMed’s protection is unlike other outmoded methods of vulnerability discovery, but rather hands-on, dealing proactively with potential threats.

As a country constantly fighting for its survival and with few resources, Israel proves to be an excellent breeding ground for many new initiatives with clear ‘crossover’ capabilities. Newly introduced technologies can be implemented in the national security and private sector alike. As the line differentiating these two domains becomes ever so vague, the global market is craving for dual-use technologies. Israel is the perfect global shopping mall for such dual-purpose know-how.

About the Author
Sharon holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly referred as Sciences Po. During her studies in Paris, Sharon had interned at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the OECD, and was selected as spokesperson on behalf of the European Union of Jewish Students at the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva.
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