DHS – Remarks by Secretary Napolitano before the Joint Meeting of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Permanent Council and OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation

July 4, 2011
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Finally, we recognize that cyber crime and warfare is one of the most serious threats of the 21st century.

The innovations cyberspace has enabled have driven advances in prosperity, transparency, and freedom that were unimaginable just a few short years ago. But with those advances have come new threats and vulnerabilities that affect every nation.

I know that this is an area of increasing attention here, and one where I hope we can deepen our ongoing partnership and exchange.

The OSCE’s training and capacity building efforts to combat cybercrime have assisted participating states and partners in better identifying and responding to cyber attacks. We believe the OSCE can play a meaningful role in the development of international measures for state behavior in cyber space, and we are eager to work with participating States to do so.

In the United States, my department leads efforts to secure cyberspace and combat many types of cybercrime including financial crimes and the exploitation of children.

We already work closely with numerous OSCE partner countries in exercises and daily operations and we stand ready to do more.

These efforts have included training in the Balkans, and have encompassed sharing best practices, raising awareness with law enforcement, and legislative reforms relating to combating cybercrime.

The United States supports the Convention on Cybercrime, which is a strong, existing framework for cooperation, and encourages countries to sign the Convention.

We welcome consideration of the establishment of a cybersecurity unit within the OSCE Secretariat with existing resources and look forward to discussing this in more detail with other OSCE participating states and partners.

I am also pleased to see that the U.S. has taken a leadership role in the Security Committee to determine next steps for the OSCE in this important area. DHS stands ready to assist.

Complete remarks here.