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US, Israel Ink Cyber Threat Data Sharing Pact; Alejandro Mayorkas Comments

cybersecurityThe U.S. and Israel have reached an agreement that seeks to expand cyber defense collaboration between the two countries through sharing of cyber threat information.

The Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s national cybersecurity authority will work to establish networks and processes in an effort to facilitate cyber threat data exchanges under the joint declaration, the Israeli government said in a news release published Tuesday.

Alejandro Mayorkas
Alejandro Mayorkas

Israel will also participate in DHS’ Automated Indicator Sharing program that aims to develop an automated platform that will work to help government agencies and industry share data on network vulnerabilities in real time.

Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary at DHS, and Suzanne Spaulding, undersecretary for DHS’ national protection and programs directorate, signed the agreement with Israel’s cybersecurity officials Eviatar Matania and Buky Carmeli at the 6th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference in Israel.

“Just as we proselytize the sharing of information domestically, we proselytize it in the international arena as well,” Mayorkas said in his remarks Monday at the conference.

“[Information] must be shared between and among countries through the computer emergency response teams in CERT-to-CERT relationships and otherwise,” he added.

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