The US and UK announced cooperative measures in combating cyber threats

Jan 17, 2015 18:34 IST

The US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced cooperative measures in combating cyber threats. Both the countries announced the measures during the bilateral summit between the two countries held in Washington DC, US on 16 January 2015.

The measures include better threat information sharing and the creation of a new joint cyber task force.

The measure on better threat information sharing will bring together Internet security experts from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Security Service MI5 of the UK and the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US.

On the other hand, the formation of a joint cyber task force will have a physical presence in both the countries.

The US and UK also agreed that the cyber threat was one of the most serious economic and national security challenges for both the countries and required cooperation between governments and the private sector.

Both the countries also agreed on encryption of online service by private companies to maintain people privacy and help track down terrorists. They also recognised that the international nature of cyber threats requires that governments around the world work together to confront the cyber threats.

It was also agreed to strengthen efforts to enhance the cyber security of critical infrastructure in both the countries and support new educational exchanges between the US and the UK.

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