U.S. to work with Israel, seek other ties to combat cyber attacks | Reuters

By Steven Scheer | TEL AVIV TEL AVIV The U.S. government will seek to collaborate with Israel and other countries to develop new ways to thwart computer hacks and other cyber attacks, U.S

Reuters June 26, 2017 21:55:20 IST
U.S. to work with Israel, seek other ties to combat cyber attacks
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US to work with Israel seek other ties to combat cyber attacks
 Reuters

By Steven Scheer
| TEL AVIV

TEL AVIV The U.S. government will seek to collaborate with Israel and other countries to develop new ways to thwart computer hacks and other cyber attacks, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser said on Monday.Thomas Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism, said a U.S.-Israeli working group will meet this week on cybersecurity issues such as protecting critical infrastructure.The U.S. team will include representatives of the State Department, Homeland Security and FBI and work with their Israeli counterparts."These high level meetings represent the first step in strengthening bilateral ties on cyber issues following President Trump’s visit to Israel" last month, Bossert told a cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv."The agility Israel has in developing solutions will innovate cyber defenses that we can test here and bring back to America. Perfect security may not be achievable but we have within our reach a safer and more secure internet."

He said the group will work on developing "a different operational conscript" that will be focused on finding and stopping attacks before they reach networks and critical infrastructure, while identifying ways to punish attackers.With several large companies and over 400 startups, Israel is a global leader in the cyber fight.Citing U.S.-funded Iron Dome, Arrow and David’s Sling anti-missile systems, Bossert said the United States would continue to support Israel on all security issues to ensure there will be no power vacuum for Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas or IS.

"President Trump understands that the United States cannot lessen our engagement in this region or its support for Israel," Bossert said.The Trump administration will seek out partnerships with industry and academia and forge more bilateral agreements with other countries, he added.

"The next step must be gaining international cooperation to impose consequences on those who act contrary to the growing consensus," Bossert said. “The United States will move forward internationally in meaningful bilateral efforts such as the one we enjoy with Great Britain and now with Israel while continuing to build like-minded coalition partners that can act together.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the conference that Israel faces dozens of cyber attacks monthly on the national level.Israel, which last year received some 20 percent of private global cyber investment, is prepared to work with other governments to combat cyber attacks, he said. (Reporting by Steven Scheer, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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