The American Israel Chamber of Commerce – Southeast Region has formed a new task force to help Israeli security companies market to businesses and criminal justice organizations in the Southeast in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

          “It has been difficult, in the past, to sell security products and services to the U.S.,” Ilan Friedman, director of technology and trade for the American Israel Chamber, told GlobalFax.  “But (since the attacks) we have seen a rise in Israeli firms interested in marketing to the Southeast and increased receptiveness on the part of U.S. companies.”

          Robert Friedmann, head of the criminal justice department at Georgia State University, will serve as chairman of the committee that aims to provide networking and contacts to Israeli security companies that pass the task force’s initial screening.

          Still in its formative stages, the security committee will focus its efforts on bringing established Israeli security companies to Georgia, but will not serve as an incubator for young start-ups, said Dr. Friedmann.

          Thus far, there are no specifics concerning the types of security products and services the Israeli companies will provide to businesses and law enforcement agencies here, he said. But the committee expects the offerings to range from physical security and security products to security software or comprehensive security packages.

          Contact Dr. Friedmann at Contact Mr. Ilan Friedman at the Chamber at (404) 843-9426 or