WASHINGTON - Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly and the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Baek Jong-wook signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining areas for collaboration under the bilateral Cyber Framework signed by President Biden and Republic of Korea President Yoon in April.
The Framework affirms cooperation with Korea in key CISA mission areas, to include sharing technical and operational cyber threat information and best practices in cyber crisis management. In June, senior leaders from both countries determined that CISA and NIS would co-lead a Framework Action Group on critical infrastructure. This Action Group will also bring together Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and other USG departments and agencies.
“I am pleased that CISA is partnering with the Republic of Korea National Intelligence Service through this Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen our collaboration on defending against cyber threats,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “International cooperation with key partners and allies is vital to building resilience in our shared cyber ecosystem. Today's agreement represents a great step forward in our work together.”
Under the MoU signed today, the U.S. and Korea will:
- Consult regularly on technical capabilities and mechanisms for cybersecurity threat response, enhancing communications between respective Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs);
- Collaborate on critical infrastructure supply chain resilience;
- Share best practices across cyber and infrastructure domains through joint exercises, expert-level exchanges, and trainings;
- Share best practices on policies governing new technologies such as AI.
The CISA-NIS MoU builds on already strong collaboration with the Republic of Korea, a key treaty ally and cybersecurity leader in the Indo-Pacific region. CISA joins DHS, DoD, and other U.S. Government agencies who have entered into cyber collaboration agreements with Korean counterparts.
As the nation’s cyber defense agency and national coordinator for critical infrastructure security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the digital and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every hour of every day.