In the US, efforts are being made to counter Chinese crane surveillance, while in Israel there is apathy

President Biden’s Investment in Local Crane Production and Cybersecurity Concerns in Israel’s Port Industry

President Biden has caused a stir in the global port industry with his decision to invest NIS 20 billion in local crane production and expand American authority to investigate cybersecurity issues in port infrastructures. Reports indicated that the US discovered modems used for communication and data collection on cranes made by a leading Chinese manufacturer, ZPMC. Despite this, experts and decision makers in Israel have remained largely unconcerned.

ZPMC, based in Shanghai, dominates over 70% of the world market for port cranes, used for loading and unloading containers. The company denied any wrongdoing, stating that they adhere to relevant laws and regulations. However, an investigation found unauthorized communication devices on ZPMC cranes in the US, raising concerns about potential espionage and disruptions in supply chains.

In response to these revelations, President Biden has tasked the US Coast Guard with addressing cybersecurity in ports and announced a $20 billion investment in American-made infrastructure for sea ports. Despite these efforts, the prevalence of ZPMC cranes worldwide poses a significant challenge due to their lower cost and widespread use.

In Israel, concerns have been raised about the security implications of Chinese-built cranes in ports. While some ports have taken measures to mitigate potential risks, including replacing electronic systems and installing security sensors, skepticism remains about Chinese involvement in critical infrastructure. Despite reassurances from experts, the issue of cybersecurity in ports remains a topic of debate and scrutiny.

Israel’s government has been criticized for not doing enough to protect its ports from potential cyber threats posed by foreign companies like ZPMC. Some experts argue that Israeli authorities should take a more proactive approach to monitoring and securing its ports’ infrastructure.

President Biden’s decision to invest heavily in local crane production could have significant implications for Israel’s port industry. If American-made cranes become more widely used than Chinese ones, it could shift power away from China as a dominant player in the global market.

Overall, while President Biden’s efforts to address cybersecurity in ports are commendable, there is still much work to be done to ensure that critical infrastructure is protected from foreign threats like those posed by ZPMC.

In conclusion, President Biden’s decision to invest heavily in local crane production could lead to significant changes within Israel’s port industry if American-made equipment becomes more widely used than Chinese ones. However

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