Israel's Cyberglobes is SBU's new OSINT supplier
Israeli open source intelligence firm Cyberglobes has scooped up a contract, previously held by Rayzone and Ultra, to supply Ukraine's internal intelligence service, the SBU.
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In its fight against what it identifies as a hybrid war waged by its Russian neighbour, Ukraine is trying to bring together a series of organisations that were not previously well integrated. As such it is bringing together the fight against disinformation, the security of communication systems and the issue of sovereignty in the Donbass region.
Open-source intelligence (OSINT), considered less touchy than cyber-attacking, is less regulated and easier for goverments to showcase. However, the one-upmanship in the sector is making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between passive and active intelligence.
In a sign of its growing interest in Africa, the Israeli cyberintelligence firm Rayzone Group presented its interception and cybersecurity systems to a visiting delegation from the DRC recently, a few weeks after prospecting for business in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Israeli company Espy, which, despite its young age and its founders' lack of intelligence experience, has great open source intelligence-gathering cababilities, looks to have close links with Forenza, another Israeli company in the same field.
After a period of feverish government activity which led to numerous reform initiatives, the day-to-day reality is setting in. Resources for activities which have been given priority status are sorely lacking, and this is particularly affecting efforts to set up new bodies to combat disinformation.
The Ukrainian parliament is about to approve Volodymyr Zelensky's latest bill to reform the country's security service. This would strip the SBU of its mandate to police and investigate economic crimes, an assurance of good conduct for Ukraine's Western partners.