UK and Israel to extend cyber defence co-operation for national infrastructure

The U.K and Israel are to extend their co-operation in defending national infrastructure installations from cyber attack, the government has revealed.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock MP made the announcement this week during a visit to Israel, led by UK Israel Tech Hub, in which he said idea-sharing between academics from both countries would start this summer.

“The UK’s world-class companies and universities combined with Israel’s cutting-edge technology and entrepreneurial culture is an unbeatable combination,” said Hancock. “I welcome this opportunity to forge ever-closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”

Israel and the UK have dedicated more time and effort to countering the cyber threat in recent years, as countries’ critical infrastructure systems grow increasingly complex and interconnected, making them vulnerable to cyber attack.