US, Israel Establish Bilateral Working Group to Help Defend Critical Infrastructure

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The U.S. and Israel have formed a bilateral cyber working group that will work to protect critical infrastructure in both countries against potential threats and determine the location of cyber attackers, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

Thomas Bossert, assistant to President Donald Trump for homeland security and counterterrorism, said the working group is scheduled to convene in the coming week to discuss cyber research and development, workforce and international cooperation matters.

Bessert added the team aims to detect and prevent cyber threats before they enter a network or reach infrastructure as well as determine strategies on how to hold perpetrators accountable.

Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator, and Eviatar Matania, director general of Israel’s national cyber directorate in Israel, will lead the new cyber team composed of representatives from government and defense organizations of the two countries.