Chile and the United Kingdom will cooperate in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and cyber defense are two crucial issues for both countries.

On September 11, 2019, in London, the Minister of Finance of Chile, Felipe Larraín, and the Minister of the British Foreign Ministry for International Development, Andrew Stephenson signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU for its initials in English) on cybersecurity. This document allows cooperation between Chile and the United Kingdom in cybersecurity and cyber defense.

Cybersecurity and cyber defense are two crucial issues for both countries and that in the case of Chile, has been determined as strategic by the Government.

“In the next six months, we will be sending to Congress a bill whose main objective is to transform Chile into a regional financial center. For this reason, cybersecurity is key, since it is a standard that we are developing and must comply with as a country because it generates the necessary trust and is part of the strategy outlined by the President of the Republic,” said Minister Larraín after signing the Agreement representing Chile.

For his part, the presidential advisor of Cybersecurity, Mario Farren, explained that among the benefits of the signing of this MoU, the exchange of information on cybersecurity, the possibility of establishing a Binational Working Group and advancing in parallel in collaboration with Great Britain. “The United Kingdom is one of the world’s leading cybersecurity leaders, and we have much to learn from them, in addition to incorporating experiences and being able to generate a culture of cybersecurity throughout society, recognizing that the enjoyment of cyberspace is part of freedom and therefore, democracy,” Farren added.

This Agreement also includes collaborative work between the Computer Incident Response (CSIRT), education and technical training teams for public and private actors.

Chile also has similar agreements between Spain, Israel, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and the OAS.