March 22 — As of today, the UK and Israeli governments have signed an agreement that will reshape bilateral relations between the two countries, and that will enhance mutual cyber security advancement. The agreement will remain in effect until 2030.
The 2030 Roadmap for Israel-UK Bilateral Relations reflects mutual interest in collaborating on security, technology, trade and defense. The Roadmap aims to ensure that the bilateral partnership remains modern and that it continues to address emerging and evolving challenges.
Because cyber security is essential in protecting public health, the economy and general social well-being for all, improving security operating models, standards, protections and solutions is critical.
The Roadmap announced multi-million dollar programs that reflect joint commitments to remain at the forefront of the technological revolution.
“Israel and the UK recognize and appreciate the importance of mutual cooperation on cyber security and resilience, with the UK recently elevating Israel to a ‘tier 1’ cyber security partner and unlocking potential for further cooperation,” The Roadmap says.
It’s all in the details…
Beyond preventing and defending against cyber threats, Israel and the UK are committed to maximizing the opportunities that cyber presents via greater prioritization of cyber skills.
The nations have also agreed to revisit the cyber security conversation on an annual basis in order to work towards a more closely aligned vision around the global governance of cyber space.
The two countries aim to improve the prosperity of the collective cyber security ecosystem by growing connections between Israeli startups and the UK’s ‘Golden Valley’ development in Gloucestershire.
Further, the two nations will continue to connect Israeli women who are cyber security entrepreneurs with UK investors and partners through the formal CybHER competition (an annual event).
The agreement’s symbolic nature
As you surely know if you’re reading this, Israel plays a central role in driving and maintaining the cyber security ecosystem. Israel is a long-standing, like-minded and highly capable partner for the UK.
“So much of what any country achieves in cyber security depends on its work with international allies and this is certainly true of both the UK and Israel,” says CEO of the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Lindy Cameron.
In light of the highly respected and innovative cyber security posture of both the UK and Israel, the new agreement has the potential to deliver several important benefits to the cyber security sectors of each respective nation.
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