The United States and the United Kingdom's relationship is a lot like the last film in a series of buddy cop movies. Britain, the grizzled veteran with a chip on its shoulder, tried to keep the plucky United States from moving up in the force.
Arguments ensued. Now old friends, the iconic pair of supercops have to team up to take on an all-new threat: Hackers.
"So Kim," you ask, "Why the extended metaphor?"
Because the U.S. and U.K. just teamed up for the most important part of any buddy cop movie: The training montage.
Cybersecurity teams and intelligence operatives in both the U.S. and U.K. are simulating what cyberwarfare would look like. While we've seen many companies fall under fire of minor hacks and data breaches, we haven't seen a whole-hog attack.
British Prime Minister David Cameron explained why the training exercises were important:
The joint exercises and training of our next generation of cyber-experts will help to ensure that we have the capability we need to protect critical sectors like our energy, transport and financial infrastructure from emerging threats.
Cameron's statement falls in line with President Obama's push for cybersecurity and digital privacy legislation. Both nations seem to think that we're on the brink of a digital firestorm.
Let's hope that this digital team-up is enough to keep both nations secure.