Morocco seeks to strengthen its cybersecurity with Israel

Morocco as it develops is becoming more and more dependent on digital infrastructure. Technology therefore becomes a potential security weakness. The confidentiality and integrity of the ICT Technologies infrastructure are constantly threatened by cyber threats.

The Kingdom is in the top 5 in Africa in terms of cybersecurity and is one of the safest countries in the MENA region. However, it remains exposed, like so many other countries, to cyberattacks. Also, it is quite natural that he seeks to protect himself from it. In 2021, Moroccan authorities had identified and neutralized 577 cybersecurity threats, according to the country’s Directorate General for Information Systems Security (DGSSI).

Over the past two years, the Kingdom has taken several steps to improve its expertise and infrastructure in the field. In 2021, he approved a bill aimed at creating a legal framework for the improvement of the country’s information systems as well as establishing cybersecurity standards in public institutions. Earlier this year, a “Cybersecurity Center of Excellence for Africa” was launched as part of a joint project between the UK and Morocco.

One of Morocco’s current priorities is to promote the use of digital technology while continuing to protect human rights by fighting cybercrime. This constant desire of Morocco to make the fight against cyberattacks and cybercrimes a priority attracts allied countries for closer cooperation in the field. One of the world leaders in cybersecurity, Israel can and wants to offer Rabat unfailing support in the development of its cybersecurity infrastructure.

Data from Israel’s National Cybersecurity Directorate shows that Israel’s cybersecurity industry raised $8.8 billion in more than 100 different deals last year, a threefold increase from 2020. Furthermore, approximately 40% of global private investment in cybersecurity funding rounds was invested in Israel, while overall cyber exports amounted to $11 billion.

In 2021, Morocco participated in a simulated cybersecurity attack organized by Israel’s National Cybersecurity Directorate at the Israeli pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. In July, the two countries signed a cybersecurity cooperation agreement with the aim of enhancing “operational cooperation, research and development, and information and knowledge sharing”, according to the leadership.

The agreement represents one of many agreements signed by the two nations, whose ties have grown significantly since the signing of the 2020 Abraham Accords. According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, trade between the Jewish state and Morocco reached $47 million in July 2022, which represents an increase of 213% compared to a year before (July 2021).

That said, cybersecurity innovation will be among the topics that will be discussed at the Global Investment Forum to be held on November 16-17, 2022 in Morocco at La Mamounia in Marrakech. The event is organized by the Jerusalem Post and its media partners – Global Media Holding in Morocco and the Khaleej Times in the United Arab Emirates.

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