Israel offers to help Costa Rica establish national cyber directorate

Negotiations regarding the plan are said to be underway. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the two governments in May

Photo: Micitt Costa Rica

Israel is offering to assist Costa Rica in the establishment of a national cyber directorate dealing with the government, academic and industrial sectors as part of the Central American country's plan to transform itself into a regional leader in cybersecurity.

The Infodefensa website reported that although a memorandum of understanding was signed by the governments of Israel and Costa Rica in May, the priorities of the Costa Rican government regarding the directorate were only set during the last few days. 

Israel Defense has learned that the agreement between the two governments includes a price, estimated to be about $5 million, for establishment of the directorate. Negotiations are being conducted by SIBAT (the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense) on behalf of Israel, and the Ministry of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) on behalf of Costa Rica. If the price is not approved by the Costa Rican government, the agreement will be meaningless. 

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