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US, Germany Agree to Continue Cybersecurity Collaboration Efforts

cybersecurityGovernment delegates from the U.S. and Germany held a two-day meeting to discuss their decade-long cooperation on efforts to meet their strategic objectives in the field of cybersecurity.

Officials from both countries agreed to continue their efforts to promote Internet freedom and enhance coordination of cyber incidents at the fourth annual U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting that kicked off March 22 in Washington, the State Department said Thursday.

Both delegations said they will continue to collaborate to protect human rights on the Web, promote multi-stakeholder framework to Internet governance and safeguard critical infrastructure from potential cyber threats.

The two countries have also agreed to facilitate information sharing on cyber issues, implement the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s “confidence-building measures” in an effort to reduce cyber risks and help other countries establish their capacity in cyber space through the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise.

Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues at the State Department, and Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, director for international cyber policy at Germany’s federal foreign office, told delegates that the 2017 Cyber Bilateral Meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany.

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