Israel, US commit to beef up cybersecurity cooperation
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Israel, US commit to beef up cybersecurity cooperation

US Homeland Security deputy visits Jewish state to bolster ties in high-tech research and development

IDF soldiers at a control board in the National Cyber Bureau (Photo credit: Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
IDF soldiers at a control board in the National Cyber Bureau (Photo credit: Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

WASHINGTON — The US deputy secretary of Homeland Security and the top Israeli official handling cybersecurity have cosigned a statement committing to US-Israel cooperation in the area.

Alejandro Mayorkas and Eviatar Matania, who heads the Israel National Cyber Bureau “signed a joint statement reaffirming the United States and Israel’s commitment to promote cooperation and information sharing on cybersecurity and cyber research and development,” said a statement by the Department of Homeland Security released July 17, a day after Mayorkas returned from an Israel tour.

The statement said Mayorkas and his Israeli counterparts discussed “a range of homeland security-related issues including cybersecurity, law enforcement cooperation, immigration, and aviation security.”

Mayorkas toured Ben-Gurion International Airport “to view passenger and cargo security operations and to review the areas of close cooperation between DHS and the Israeli government on aviation and airport security.”

Mayorkas met during his Israel tour with top IDF officials handling cybersecurity as well as Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

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