Kuwait, US sign cybersecurity cooperation deal

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Eng. Salem Muthib Al-Athainah, chairman and CEO of Kuwait's Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), and Robert Strayer, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, signed a letter of intent on cooperation in cybersecurity.

The document, inked on the sidelines of The Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's visit to the United States, aims to meet the objectives of Kuwait's national strategy for cybersecurity, Al-Athainah said Tuesday.

"It will promote sharing the best practices in cybersecurity and build the capacity of national cadres in this regard," he said in a statement carried by KUNA.

"It covers all areas of vital information infrastructure, electronic defense systems, response to electronic emergencies and e-crimes, launching cybersecurity centers, joint exercises and visit exchanges," he disclosed. Al-Athainah lauded the close cooperation between both countries in all areas.

On his part, US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman stressed the importance of future cooperation in the cybersecurity field, referring back to the first strategic dialogue held in 2016. "We said we were going to increase our cooperation on cybersecurity that is exactly what we have done today with the signing," he said. "This is a very practical cooperation that will make both our information systems more secure.

Source: International Islamic News Agency