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The Israel Ministry of Defense Export Control Agency (DECA) imposed new restrictions on the export of cyber warfare tools. The move comes over the backdrop of the US Government blacklisting of Israeli companies NSO and Candiru for the use of spyware in November.

An updated version of the end-user/user certificate was released yesterday, Dec. 6, a form that must be filled by any Israeli firm looking to sell its cyber or intelligence products abroad. The updated version was prepared by the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part ot the updating of Israel’s control policy regarding cyber systems export.

The updated certificate applies the Ministry of Defense’s policy to restrict the en use of cyber systems and prevent a blurring of the definitions about this. The purchasing state is obliged to restrict the use of the cyber system only for the investigation and prevention of terrorist acts and serious crimes. The definitions of such acts were also updated.

The statement specifies the circumstances in which it is not allowed to use the cyber system and clarifies explicitly the possibility of sanction in case of infringement, including limiting or disconnecting the system.

It is exactly this subject that was the focus of the discussion panel on the ethics of the sale of offensive cyber and intelligence tools at INNOTECH 2021 Conference. What ethical rules are required? Is it parallel to the selling of kinetic weapons? and what is the role of the state and regulation? Watch the intriguing and relevant discussion attended by Guy Mizrahi, a serial entrepreneur and cyber expert, and the Chairman of the cyber session, Avi Yariv, a cyber, intelligence and HLS expert and the Chairman of INNOTECH conference, Inbar Raz, VP of Research, Hunters, Eugene Sherman, Deputy CEO and CTO, AllStars IT, and Iftach Ian Amit, CSO, Cimpress.