Chile announces cybersecurity alliance with Israel

SANTIAGO – Authorities from Chile’s telecoms regulator Subtel will travel to Israel in November to learn more about how the Middle Eastern country rules the world of cybersecurity.

The Undersecretariat of Telecommunications of Chile (Subtel), together with the Embassy of Israel, established a dialogue on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure in telecommunications last week.

In the context of these talks, the Subtel reports that an agreement will be signed with Israel to strengthen the South American country’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The Friday’s event began with the words of the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi, who said that “cybersecurity is presented as a challenge, since there are risks and whose consequences can seriously affect public safety and fundamental rights and even compromise the external security of the country. We hope that this instance of exchange will be beneficial for both parties, based on the experience that the government of Israel has in the matter.”

In this line, the Undersecretary, together with stating that she will continue her work with the government of Israel, announced that she will visit Tel Aviv in November with a delegation from Chile, on a tour organized specifically to understand and know directly the measures that are taken regarding cybersecurity in telecommunications infrastructure, in order to incorporate them into the reality of Chile.

“All the knowledge resulting from this alliance will be very useful for the inter-ministerial working groups, led by the presidential cybersecurity adviser, Jorge Atton,” she added.

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For his part Jonathan Barel, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Israel, spoke of the importance of addressing cybersecurity, “in the world of cyber attacks there are no borders, that’s why we are here to share our experience in the matter”.

Israel accounted for seven percent of the cybersecurity global deal share in the years 2013-2017, still way behind the US, which accounted for 69% of the global deal share, but higher than the UK, which accounted for 6% of the pie. Canada accounted for 3% and China for 2% of the global deal share, according to a report compiled by New York data firm CB Insights.

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