On Tuesday, the White House announced that the United States and Japan would "strengthen and expand" their cooperation on cyber security issues by sharing threat information, including data that might thwart state-sponsored intellectual property theft and attacks to steal trade secrets or other confidential business information from the countries.

The decision to present a united front on cyber issues and those impacting the "internet economy," stands as part of a larger partnership to sure up economic interests in the countries, such as infrastructure development and nuclear cooperation, a White House release said. The announcement comes after a Monday meeting between President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to The Hill.

The cyber alliance will work together to combat attacks from China and North Korea and seek to establish “peacetime cyber norms,” the White House said.