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Romania, Israel ink MoU on cybersecurity cooperation. PM Dancila: Cybersecurity, priority for good functioning of any governmental system and not only

Minister of Communications Alexandru Petrescu (photo R)  and the head of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) Yigal Unna signed on Thursday, at the Victoria Palace of Government, a Memorandum of Understanding on cybersecurity cooperation.

Minister Alexandru Petrescu said on this occasion that the conclusion of this memorandum will indefinitely support the joint efforts of the two parties in the key area of cybersecurity.

“Today we stand together in the joint strategic approach for the digital transformation of our economies and societies and for preparing a future we all want to be fully cyber secure. The third edition of the Romania-Israel Forum on cybersecurity taking place these days in Bucharest confirms our privileged relationship with the State of Israel in this field too, and renders fully convergent our actions to promote a protected digital ecosystem in the context of the rapid adoption of global technology. We mark the success of this cooperation with the conclusion today of a Memorandum of Understanding that will indefinitely support the joint efforts of the two parties in the key area of cybersecurity, through exchange of information and expertise on policies and best practices in the field, enhancing institutional capacity through human resource training, along with the organization of working groups and operational cybersecurity tests”, said the Communications Minister.

He added that, in Israel, Romania has a partner with “exceptional competence in this field”.

In his turn, Yigal Unna said that the digital world is both a risk and an opportunity.

“The risk comes from new technologies that emerge in the world of computers, in artificial intelligence, in the technologies that generate new threats every day, but if we see ourselves as countries, as governments and people working together, we can counter these risks and threats to the benefit of both our societies and the business world. I believe that Romania and Israel have the right attitude and approaches to understand, at the level of high-ranking decision-makers, to act together and move in the right direction,” said the INCD Director General.


PM Dancila: Cybersecurity, priority for good functioning of any governmental system and not only


Cybersecurity is a priority for the good functioning of any governmental system and not only, and in a technological world where cyberattacks are in a continuous change and evolution, an increased data protection is needed, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Thursday, at the Victoria Palace, at the ceremony inking the Memorandum of Understanding between Romania and Israel in cybersecurity.

“In this sense, I believe that now is an opportune moment to harness the two countries’ openness, Romania and Israel, to cooperation in industrial research, technology and development in terms of cybersecurity, so as to offer protection to organisations, institutions and also to our citizens. Romania has successfully adopted part of the practices of the State of Israel regarding cybersecurity, the most recent example being the launching of the single number 1911 for reporting cyber security incidents. I’m glad we have lately succeeded in boosting the cooperation in top-notch technological fields, such as cybersecurity. It is important that the two states share a common vision on the opportunities and benefits of the good cooperation in this field as complex as cybersecurity,” the Premier added.

Viorica Dancila mentioned that Thursday’s event is part of a productive history of the cooperation between Romania and Israel in the digital matter. According to her, the Romania – Israel Cyber Security forum on the occasion of which on Thursday was signed the MoU in cybersecurity is a new moment with significance in the development of cooperation in the digital sector between the two states.

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