UK-Israel relations after Brexit: cyber security
This paper is a comprehensive analysis of the UK-Israel cooperation in cyber security, as part of our “Britain-Israel after Brexit” research series.
The paper explains the cyber security challenges facing the UK and Israel after Brexit, Israel’s expertise as a world leader in cyber security, how the UK can learn from Israel’s unique innovation ecosystem and the ongoing cyber security cooperation between the UK and Israel, along with its potential to expand in the future.
Cyber security is an issue of growing concern to governments and the private sector but the future of EU-UK cooperation in cyber security post-Brexit is uncertain.
Britain’s deepest intelligence partnerships are outside the EU. The UK has exceptional long-standing relationships with the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand through the formal Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance.
Government-to-government cooperation between the UK and Israel in cyber security is strong and has been described by a senior UK official as a “first-order partnership”. Israel is widely recognised for its unique innovation ecosystem with close interaction between government, military, academia and industry – a model which the UK has sought to emulate – and there are close working relationships between the countries’ national cyber security agencies and acknowledged cross-fertilisation in the development of their national security strategies.
UK-Israel commercial cooperation in cyber is growing stronger. Israeli cyber security experts are playing an important role maintaining London’s status as a safe and secure global financial centre in the build up to Brexit by helping to secure the financial sector – which is a prime target for cyber attacks due to its leading role in global finance. An increasing number of UK banks and finance companies are working with Israeli cyber security companies to protect their operations and demonstrate that London and the UK lead the world in secure financial services.
With many Israeli cyber companies involved in the British market, several UK firms have joined the growing list of multinational corporations establishing cyber security centres in Israel that focus on research and development (R&D), scouting, innovation, acceleration platforms.
Academic cooperation between Israel and the UK is receiving encouragement from the government but remains under-developed compared to UK cooperation with other countries.
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