June 22, 2016
Israel signed an agreement on Tuesday to join an American initiative that helps countries and major companies share cyber defense and intelligence information automatically.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who were in Israel for Tel Aviv University’s annual International Cybersecurity Conference, signed the agreement together with Israeli government officials.
“One of the lessons we learned is to go it alone is precarious, working together makes us stronger,” Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stated at the conference. “The cybersecurity threat is borderless. Information must be shared.”
“We believe in sharing information between companies, sectors and countries because the threat is so global,” Israeli National Cyber Bureau director Eviatar Matania told reporters at the conference. “If we share information, we can prevent it from propagating.” Matania added that Israel was looking to come to such arrangements with other countries as well.