Secret service wants hi-tech experts to fight terror

Thursday, September 07, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel’s secret service initiated an ad campaign this week designed to help recruit employees from the hi-tech sector in order to develop information systems that will assist in fighting terrorism.
The General Security Service, or Shin Bet, plans to recruit dozens of experts in the fields of software development, infrastructure and communications. Sources said that the GSS has developed a new compensation system that will compete with the private sector in order to attract quality manpower. The recruitment campaign will last a few weeks.
The campaign is also designed to rid the image of the GSS as an aggressive organization. “We want the name GSS to be associated with high technology and development. This is a field which grows more and more central to the fight against terrorism,” a GSS official said.
The GSS has also sent out letters to hi-tech workers signed by the agency’s director Yuval Diskin asking them to join the force.
“Over the past month the GSS has thwarted more than 25 attempts to conduct terror attacks, and has arrested 17 potential suicide bombers. From my experience, I know that most of the public is unaware that these successes are largely due to the assistance of sophisticated information systems,” Diskin wrote to the potential recruits.

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