Cicilline Strengthens U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Efforts

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – During a House Foreign Affairs Committee markup today on the Israel Security Assistance Act (H.R.5141), U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) successfully attached language directing the Secretary of State to conduct a report on the potential benefits of establishing a joint U.S.-Israel Cyber Center of Excellence.

“As we have seen time and time again, the United States needs to do more with our allies to enhance cybersecurity and protect our shared interests from the actions of malicious actors,” said Cicilline, who is a co-sponsor of the Israel Security Assistance Act. “I’m pleased that this bill now includes language that brings the United States and Israel closer towards establishing a Cyber Center of Excellence. I look forward to receiving the Secretary’s analysis and working with members of both parties on this important initiative.”

Cicilline has advocated for greater U.S.-Israeli collaboration on security matters since his first election to Congress. In 2016, he introduced the bipartisan United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Act (H.R.4860) to establish a joint cybersecurity center. The amendment adopted today is an important step towards turning this goal into reality.

Cicilline’s proposal for a joint Cyber Center of Excellence will leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of institutions of higher education, private sector entities, and government organizations to enhance cybersecurity and protect critical infrastructure. His amendment requires the Secretary of State to report within one year on the benefits of a permanent Cyber Center of Excellence between the United States and Israel.

Following the Committee’s passage of H.R.5141 today, the bill now awaits further consideration on the House floor.

 

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