NATO, UN, G8, ITU, and More: Learn about International Cybersecurity Engagement

Jul 19, 2012

Cyberspace is pervasive throughout every aspect of our daily lives, underpinning the global economy and supporting our critical infrastructure and national security. But while the Internet has produced incredible benefits to society, its underlying permissive architecture has allowed a growing array of state, non-state, and criminal actors to exploit vulnerabilities for commercial, personal, or military gain. The lack of borders or national control on the internet makes it inherently international in nature, and transnational cooperation is needed to ensure internet freedom and security.

More than a dozen international organizations, including the UN, the G8, NATO, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), share responsibilities concerning communications infrastructure, and their actions and policies frequently overlap and sometimes even conflict. We invite you to join the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus this Friday, July 20th at 11:00 AM in room 2212 Rayburn (Armed Services subcommittee hearing room) to learn more about the Department of State’s efforts to coordinate and engage across these forums.  Briefers will include:

  • Ambassador Phil Verveer, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (State)
  • Mr. Chris Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues (State)

The Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus was founded by Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman Michael McCaul to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and provide a forum for Members representing different committees of jurisdiction to discuss the challenges in securing cyberspace.