In an effort to address the wave of Iranian cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure, a group of U.S. Senate lawmakers introduced a new bill aimed at enhancing cybersecurity cooperation between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS ) and the countries of the Abraham Accords, including Morocco.
It is, in fact, the American senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), James Lankford (R-OK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who have presented this week the new bill “Abraham Accords Cybersecurity Cooperation Act”.
This bipartisan legislation would build on the recent extension of the Abraham Accords to cybersecurity by authorizing cooperation in this area between DHS and the signatory countries of the Abraham Accords, namely Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel. .
It will notably allow the sharing of information, technical assistance to help partners respond to cybersecurity incidents as well as the organization of joint cybersecurity training and exercises.
This enhanced partnership will help defend against common cyber threats from Iran and other hostile cyber actors, including those targeting critical infrastructure and ransomware attacks.
” The Abraham Accords foster an unprecedented level of security cooperation between the United States, Israel and our Arab partners“, indicated in this sense the senator Rosen.
And to explain that“As Iran and other hostile cyber actors target the United States and Abraham Accord countries with malicious cyberattacks, this bipartisan legislation will help bolster our collective cybersecurity defenses against threats municipalities“.
For his part, Senator Joni Ernst, noted that ” Ihe Iranian regime has relentlessly attacked the American homeland and our partners and allies, seeking to degrade our cyber infrastructure and steal our secrets“.
” I am proud to support this legislation aimed at strengthening the Abraham Accords and countering Iran’s malign activities“, she added.
Along the same lines, Senator Booker stated that ” cybersecurity is a global issue that requires international cooperation and collaboration“, emphasizing that this legislation will strengthen cooperation between countries that are signatories to the Abraham Accords by facilitating the sharing of information and coordinating responses to cyberattacks, thus strengthening our collective ability to combat these ever-evolving threats.
The signing of the Abraham Accords was a historic step towards establishing a lasting peace in the Middle East and promoting cooperation and economic prosperity, says Senator Gillibrand, who says this law will increase civil cooperation in cybersecurity, will strengthen the capacity to protect critical infrastructure and will ensure greater security in the region.