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Sidebar: Cyber Issues - A New Challenge to U.S. National Security


Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
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December 16, 2013

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Photo showing U.S. Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter, left, of the U.S. Department of State, speaking at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo, May 9, 2013.

U.S. Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter, left, of the U.S. Department of State, speaks at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo, May 9, 2013. ©AP Image

In Focus.

Cyber Issues - A New Challenge to U.S. National Security

The State Department leads the U.S. Government's engagement with other countries to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation. In order to facilitate this mission, the Department established the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues in February 2011 as a part of the QDDR process. Its responsibilities include: coordinating global diplomatic engagement, serving as liaison to the White House and Federal agencies, advising the Secretary and Deputy Secretaries on cyber issues, and acting as liaison to public and private sector entities.

The Department's cyber work spans the full spectrum of policy issues to include security, the economy, freedom of expression, and the free flow of information on the Internet. This aligns with the Department's strategic goal one: counter threats to the United States and the international order, and advance civilian security around the world.

In March 2013, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, testified before Congress on the Department's role in countering cyber threats. Over the past year, the Department has made significant progress, including:

  • Chairing the first meeting of the whole-of-government U.S.-China Cyber Working Group in July 2013, including discussions on issues of mutual concern such as cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property.
  • Negotiating U.S.-Russia bilateral cyber confidence building measures, announced at the G8 Summit in June. These measures will help promote transparency and decrease the risks of conflict in cyberspace.
  • Reaching a landmark consensus in the 2013 UN Group of Governmental Experts with fourteen other countries, including Russia and China, which affirmed the applicability of international law in cyberspace.
  • Chairing whole-of-government cyber dialogues with Germany, Japan, and South Korea.
Learn more.
To learn more about the office, please visit:
http://www.state.gov/s/cyberissues/
View video.
A video of the testimony may be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGdeJk1OSis

 




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