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US, Israel to Work Together in Cyber Security Fight

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By    |   Monday, 26 Jun 2017 04:15 PM

The United States will work with Israel and other nations to help combat cyberattacks, it was announced Monday.

Thomas Bossert, who serves as President Donald Trump's assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, spoke during a cyber conference in Tel Aviv. A U.S.-Israeli working group is slated to meet this week to discuss cybersecurity issues.

"These high-level meetings represent the first step in strengthening bilateral ties on cyber issues following President Trump's visit to Israel," Bossert said.

"The agility Israel has in developing solutions will innovate cyber defenses that we can test here and bring back to America. Perfect security may not be achievable, but we have within our reach a safer and more secure internet."

Representatives from the FBI and the Departments of State and Homeland Security will be part of the U.S. group.

Israel has a strong footprint in the cybersecurity game. A report in LifeZette earlier this month detailed the country's efforts to find, prevent, and stop cyberattacks.

Israel lives in a constant state of readiness because of threats from Iran, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (ISIS), and others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the conference Monday that Israel faces dozens of cyberattacks monthly on the national level.

Israel, which last year received some 20 percent of private global cyber investment, is prepared to work with other governments to combat cyberattacks, Netanyahu said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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