Israel to keep a vigil on cyber software exports

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All those governments and countries planning to buy any kind of software from Israel-based companies will have to sign an agreement from now on that they will not misuse the purchased software and will abide by the conditions laid in the agreement at the time of purchase.

The Defense Ministry of Israel announced on Monday that it will make it mandatory for the companies to purchase the software under agreement to avoid any data or information misuse scandals in the future.

In November this year, American government under the leadership of the President Joe Biden has issued sanctions on an Israel company named NSO Group after it was discovered to be deeply involved in Pegasus spyware scandal.

So, from now on, the NSO Group that is into the business of selling cyber arms cannot do business of selling its products and services to companies operating in United States because of an imposed trade ban.

Perhaps, to avoid such troubles in times ahead, the government of Israel announced this week that companies willing to purchase software from firms operating in its region have to sign a digital pledge that they will never abuse the technology in the name of National Security.

It remains unclear whether the Jewish nation is intending to implement the latest rules to companies selling all kinds of software or those that are involved in business of investigating cyber terrorism and cyber crimes.

Note 1- Last week, Apple Inc sued NSO Group, as it found the company developed Pegasus spyware operating on 41 of its smart phones.

Note 2- Tim Cook, the CEO of the iPhone manufacturing company, announced that his firm has made a $275 billion business deal with China for keeping cyber threats away from its devices and services for the next few years. More details on this specific issue will be published shortly.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security