Updated: Dec 9, 2021
The United Kingdom and Israel have inked a new agreement that promises more robust cybersecurity cooperation
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid signed a 10-year memorandum of agreement' in London on November 29, 2021. A vow to establish a deeper partnership on cyber and technology is one of the stipulations, with the goal of "helping to ensure that future norms on new technologies are shaped by democratic states."
In a joint essay published in the Daily Telegraph, truss and Lapid claimed the two countries will "operate closely" to defend themselves in cyberspace. Furthermore, Israel will be designated as a tier-one cyber partner for the United Kingdom, giving greater access to the UK market. "Our alliance will keep us at the forefront of the technological revolution," they continued.
The agreement comes after a series of warnings from Western government leaders that liberal democracies must work together to keep the internet open and secure, despite efforts by countries like China and Russia to restrict access and increase control.
The two countries' national cyber directorates have been cooperating for several years to ensure better cyber security to their national infrastructure and critical assets while sharing vital information. The new agreement will promise this cooperation between the countries and directorates to be stronger and more efficient, focusing on cyber threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.