By Alon Ben-AmiThe Israeli prime minister said he will sign the cyber security bill into law on Monday, as the United States and Israel sign a pact to increase cooperation on cybersecurity, in a sign of renewed efforts to strengthen the country’s defenses.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the prime minister and the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel and the European Union will sign a memorandum of understanding that will establish a cyber security cooperation agreement to strengthen Israel’s defense capabilities.
The agreement will allow the European countries to provide the necessary tools and support to Israeli companies to better protect their critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.
Netanyahu said in the statement that he and the other ministers will meet with representatives of Israel’s private sector and the United Nations to discuss the cyber-security agreement.
Israel has a strong cyber-defense system that it has deployed over the past year.
But the country has faced a series of cyberattacks and attacks since 2012, including a massive cyberattack that paralyzed Israeli banks.
The Israeli government has blamed Iran for the attacks.