The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s national cyber directorate have launched a joint program to improve the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure in both countries and started seeking proposals on collaborative cybersecurity projects between U.S. and Israel-based entities as part of the program.
The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Cyber program managed by the BIRD Foundation will provide $1.5 million in grants per cyber project and will focus on new technologies in secured architecture for safeguarding core operational processes and advanced data fusion and analytics, among other areas, DHS said Thursday.
“Our department is committed to direct operational collaboration with our international partners and the private sector to address the most pressing cybersecurity challenges,” said Robert Silvers, undersecretary for policy at DHS and a previous Wash100 Award winner.
“Through the BIRD Cyber program, DHS and INCD will harness the innovation and ingenuity of the Israeli and American technology sectors to drive security and resilience,” added Silvers.
Executive summaries in response to the BIRD Cyber program’s call for proposals are due Nov. 15th. The joint initiative plans to select projects in March 2023.