By Paulo Motoryn. Initially revealed by Brasil de Fato.
Common Héber Garcia Portella , Commander of Cyber Protection of the Brazilian Military (ComDCiber), was chargeable for signing a cooperation settlement with the Israeli cybersecurity firm CySource, in March of this yr. Portella was nominated by the Armed Forces, in September of final yr, to take part in a fee created by the TSE (Electoral Court docket) to oversee the electoral course of. Within the put up, he has insisted on stating supposed dangers and weaknesses of the Brazilian voting system. The Israeli agency employed by Portella’s sector within the Military has as one in every of its executives the programs analyst Hélio Cabral Sant’ana, former director of Info Know-how on the Common Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic within the authorities of Jair Bolsonaro.
In the identical month that he left the federal authorities, in March of this yr, Sant’ana acted as one in every of CySource’s representatives within the celebration of the corporate’s cooperation settlement with the Brazilian Military for the coaching of navy personnel in cyber protection.
The settlement was signed in individual on March 25 in Tel Aviv. The assembly introduced collectively Colonel Jaques Flório Simplício, the Brazilian Protection Attaché in Israel, the Brazilian Ambassador to Israel, Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas, and Shai Alfasi, an government at CySource.
Up to now, the small print of the cooperation settlement should not public. The Transparency Portal doesn’t comprise any paperwork referring to the negotiation. The corporate additionally doesn’t seem as a provider or service supplier to the federal government.
“We’re going to prepare the Brazilian Military with a whole vary of coaching, adapting all content material to fulfill the wants which have been recognized”, mentioned Sant’ana, in an announcement launched by each events after the assembly.
Based on the corporate’s observe, among the many ideas lined within the coaching are: malware evaluation, community fundamentals, cyber incident response, pink workforce, digital forensics and intrusion testing of important programs.
Brazilian Navy and Bolsonaristas at Israeli Firm
Along with heading info know-how insurance policies within the Presidency of the Republic in the course of the Bolsonaro authorities, Hélio Cabral Sant’ana was first lieutenant within the Military, from January 2009 to March 2013. To depart the Govt and assume the place at CySource , he had authorization from the Presidency’s Public Ethics Fee.
The previous IT director of the Presidency will not be the one consultant of the corporate with a stint within the Armed Forces. Like him, CySource’s world gross sales director, Luiz Katzap, was a lieutenant within the Military from February 2008 to August 2016.
CySource was based by veterans of Israel’s navy protection forces. After years of working in cybersecurity for navy organizations, the corporate claims to have “one of the best AI-based cybersecurity training and coaching platform on the planet”.
CySource CEO Amir Bar-El, like the opposite founders of the corporate, has expertise within the Israeli protection sector. He served within the intelligence items of the Mossad, Israel’s secret service. Then he made a profession within the personal sector.
“Over the previous few years, we’ve established cybersecurity academies for numerous navy organizations and safety items world wide, which has allowed us to consolidate strategic information in cyber protection,” mentioned Bar-EI within the assertion on the partnership with the Brazilian Military.
Héber Garcia Portella’s go to to america
Inducted into the place of the Cyber Protection Command in Might 2021 by the then Minister of Protection, Fernando Azevedo, Héber Garcia Portella was as soon as an teacher on the Agulhas Negras Navy Academy and the Chilean Military Struggle Academy.
Portella additionally held the place of Commander of the twenty eighth Gentle Infantry Battalion in Campinas, São Paulo. As a normal, he was head of the Northeast Navy Command (CMNE), primarily based in Recife (PE).
In 2020, as Military Chief of Human Sources, he paid a go to to america, the place he met with Commanding Common Joseph Calloway, who held the same place in america Military.
“Following a conventional reward trade between Calloway and Lieutenant Common Heber Garcia Portella, director of the Brazilian Military’s Directorate of Human Sources Administration, the 2 leaders mentioned packages, insurance policies, administration and improvement of US Military troopers, with a give attention to within the Military Expertise Alignment Course of,” reads an announcement launched by the U.S. Military Southern Command.