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Israel and US forge human-free cyber info-sharing pact

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Beatrice Patterson
Jun 20, 2016 15:03
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The agreement, due to be signed on Tuesday, was trailed in respective conference speeches by Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of US Homeland Security and Dr Eviatar Matania, head of the Israel National Cyber Directorate.

All this will be done automatically without human review and will help to tackle threats.

Information sharing between private sector companies and the US government is a hugely contentious issue, resulting in repeated legislative delays before the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act last December.

Many in Silicon Valley don t trust the government to keep sensitive data secure, particularly in the wake of the OPM hack, which spilled the private information of million of government employees.

During his speech, Dr Matania articulated a strategy of changing the unbalanced equation between attackers and defenders in cybersecurity, a worthy but problematic ambition.

Quizzed by El Reg on this point, Dr Matania acknowledged this was a difficult mission.

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