Israel, US sign cyber defense cooperation agreement


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and the United States have signed a joint declaration on operative cyber defense cooperation.

The agreement was signed Tuesday in Israel by Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania and National Cyber Security Authority head Buky Carmeli in the presence of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Under Secretary of Homeland Security Suzanne Spaulding.

The declaration expresses the vital nature of an international integration of forces in order to more effectively deal with joint cyber threat. The U.S. and Israeli governments have committed in recent years to expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in cyber defense, said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The declaration refers to main efforts by the two countries regarding aspects of managing cyber events, the cyber defense of critical infrastructures, building partnerships with the private sector, and research and development of innovative technologies and solutions.

The declaration places special emphasis on the establishment of networks and procedures between Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority and its U.S. counterpart in the Department of Homeland Security in order to facilitate the sharing of operative information regarding cyber defense in real time.

Under the agreement, Israel will be among the first countries to join the Department of Homeland Security’s Automated Indicator Sharing initiative, to create an automated platform between governments and companies for the efficient and fast sharing of information in order to thwart or deal with cyber attacks, according to the statement.

The senior Homeland Security delegation participated in the 6th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University, which is being attended by government, industry and academic representatives from around the world.

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