Israel, US sign new cybersecurity agreement

PM meets with Trump Homeland Security and Cybersecurity advisers. '3-5 cyber-attacks at any given moment.'


PM at cyber-conference
PM at cyber-conference
Amos Ben Gershom

Israel and the United States signed a new bilateral cybersecurity partnership.

The partnership agreement signed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser, Thomas Bossert and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, following a meeting on Monday. White House Cybersecurity Adviser Rob Joyce also attended the meeting.

Bossert currently is in Israel for the annual Cyber Week Conference held at Tel Aviv University.

Under the agreement, the counties will establish joint working groups on international cyber policy, critical infrastructure defense, research and development, and human capital development.

Bossert told the conference during a speech on Monday evening that the partnership is aimed at “stopping adversaries in networks and identifying ways to hold bad actors responsible.”

The agreement was signed in the wake of a meeting between Netanyahu and Trump in Jerusalem in May, during which such issues were discussed.

“We are experiencing every month dozens of cyber-attacks on the national level. At any given moment, including right now, there are probably 3-5 attacks on the national level that emanate from various sources,” Netanyahu told the conference.