The Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) uses cyber capacity building programs, including training on cyber attribution and the framework of responsible state behavior, to strengthen our international partnerships, promote rights-respecting best practices, and defend the stability of cyberspace.

CDP uses foreign assistance programs to promote global adherence to the framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace, a key component of the Department’s efforts to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet.  Activities in support of the framework are designed to:

  • Raise awareness of the applicability of international law in cyberspace;
  • Promote the adoption of norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace; and
  • Develop and implement practical confidence building measures

CDP capacity building programs strengthens strategic partnerships that help countries organize national cybersecurity and related law enforcement efforts.  We help partners:

  • Establish and strengthen Cybersecurity Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs);
  • Develop and implement national cyber strategies and policies; and
  • Raise awareness of cybersecurity.

CDP also plans and executes capacity building programs with regional security organizations and their member states, including but not limited to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the African Union Commission (AUC).  Finally, CDP works with global partners, such as the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise (GFCE), to shape the international agenda for cyber capacity building in line with recognized best practices.

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