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Event: Exploring the US-Israeli relationship in cyberspace

On March 21 and 22, American University in Washington will host 'Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: US-Israel Perspectives,' a conference to explore the nations' collaborative efforts on military and civilian digital security.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with President Trump (L) at a White House news conference on Feb 15.

Cybersecurity has taken center stage. You can't avoid it. News about the WikiLeaks release of alleged CIA hacking tools; Russian hacking designed to influence western elections; and sophisticated cybercriminals manipulating electronic banking systems to steal millions.

But who's really keeping us safe online?

The US and Israel are world leaders in cybersecurity, with each country poised to have a major impact on the power struggles playing out in cyberspace over national and economic security, human rights, and the global digital economy.

The US-Israel cybersecurity relationship was thrust to center stage in 2012 when news broke that the countries allegedly had worked together to launch "Operation Olympic Games," a series of covert digital attacks designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program.

US-Israel cooperation isn't limited to offensive covert actions. Just this past summer, the US and Israel signed a cyberdefense declaration to cooperate on staving off cyberthreats. Specifically, the declaration called for real-time operational connectivity through the nations' Computer Emergency Response Teams.

Significantly, US-Israel cooperation isn't limited to national security. The US and Israel have two of the world's most robust and innovative cybersecurity industry clusters. Building on these strengths, the countries recently agreed to cooperate on cybersecurity research and development.

In summer 2016, top DHS cybersecurity officials met with their Israeli counterparts and jointly committed to promote cooperation and information sharing. Just months later, in November 2016, Congress passed legislation designed to promote cooperation between the two countries on cybersecurity research.
The US-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act expanded an existing research program run by jointly by DHS and Israel's Ministry of Public Security to include cybersecurity research. The program is designed to help bridge the gap between initial research and product commercialization.

To learn more about US-Israel cooperation and perspectives on a variety of cybersecurity issues, join us at American University on March 20-21 to explore Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: US-Israel Perspectives.

Click here to register.

The two-day conference will explore cutting-edge US-Israeli cyberpolicy issues involving national security, crime, human rights, and the digital economy. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Professor Yuval Elovici kicks off the conference with a keynote address, “The Internet of Things: The New Frontier of Cyber Conflict."

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