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“The Internet has become the public space of the 21st century…We all shape and are shaped by what happens there, all 2 billion of us and counting. And that presents a challenge. To maintain an Internet that delivers the greatest possible benefits to the world, we need to have a serious conversation about the principles that will guide us…”
     —Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 16 February 2011

CyberSecurity News

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23 April 2015 - Defense Secretary Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s 2nd cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces.

18 May 2015 Kerry’s Speech at Korea University on Open, Secure Internet  "We believe [the Internet] should be interoperable, so it can connect seamlessly across international borders. We believe people are entitled to the same rights of free expression online as they possess offline. We believe countries should work together to deter and respond effectively to online threats. And we believe digital policy should seek to fulfill the technology’s potential as a vehicle for global stability and sustained economic development; as an innovative way to enhance the transparency of governments and hold governments accountable; and also as a means for social empowerment that is also the most democratic form of public expression ever invented."

23 April 2015 Defense Secretary Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley   Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence.

01 April 2015 Executive Order - Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities 

01 April 2015 Statement by the President on Executive Order "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities"  "Today, I issued an Executive Order  that provides a new authority to respond to the threat posed by malicious cyber actors.  Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States, and my Administration is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to confront them.  As we have seen in recent months, these threats can emanate from a range of sources and target our critical infrastructure, our companies, and our citizens.  This Executive Order offers a targeted tool for countering the most significant cyber threats that we face. "
 • Fact sheet on the Executive Order
 • On-the-Record Press Call on the President's Executive Order
 • Letter - "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities" (

26 March 2015 Rewards for Information Leading to the Arrest or Conviction of Two Cybercrime Fugitive   The U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program is offering multi-million dollar rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of two alleged Russian cyber criminals identified during a far-reaching federal probe into a worldwide online marketplace for stolen personal and financial information.

25 February 2015 Fact Sheet: Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center   [] The President directed the Director of National Intelligence to establish the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC).  The CTIIC will be a national intelligence center focused on “connecting the dots” regarding malicious foreign cyber threats to the nation and cyber incidents affecting U.S. national interests, and on providing all-source analysis of threats to U.S. policymakers.

24 February 2015 Ambassador Barzun - Keeping us safe doesn’t mean the end of our digital safety  "The defining challenge for American leadership in the world can perhaps be summed up by one word, balance. It is the overriding consideration on every big global issue confronting us as we weigh the merits of our response and the course of action we take. Nowhere is this more true than on issues related to cybersecurity"

24 February 2015 Assistant Attorney General on Reward for Cyberfugitive  "Today, we are announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Evgeniy Bogachev, an alleged leader of a tightly knit gang of cyber criminals based in Russia and Ukraine who were responsible for the development and operation of both the Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker malware."

16 January 2015 Fact Sheet: U.S.-United Kingdom Cybersecurity Cooperation    The United States and the United Kingdom agree that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that our nations face.  .... During their bilateral meetings in Washington, D.C. this week, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron agreed to further strengthen and deepen the already extensive cybersecurity cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom.

13 January 2015 White House Fact Sheet: President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal and Other Cybersecurity Efforts


19 December 2014 Kerry on Cyberattack by North Korea (via IIPDigital)

05 December 2014 State Dept. on "Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, December 2014   On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation.

22 September 2014 Connecting Conversations Toward Open, Secure Internet  The Internet Governance Forum: Connecting Conversations Toward a Global, Open, Secure Internet for the Next Generation.  By Christopher Painter, State Department  coordinator for cyber issues.

10 July 2014 China, U.S. Discuss Economy, Cybersecurity  The United States and China vowed to make progress on disagreements over cyberhacking and economic disputes as they wrapped up two days of high-level talks in Beijing.

18 June 2014 Internet Governance: Multistakeholder, Multilateral Sectors Can Coexist (via IIPDigital)  "One of the issues at the center of discussions over the future of Internet governance is how multilateral and multistakeholder institutions with an interest in working on Internet-related issues can coexist without duplication or conflict and without threatening to undermine the Internet and its promise. In an ideal world, each would learn from the other, and the activity of one would only add value to the other."

26 April 2014 Defense Secretary Hagel Urges Trilateral Work for Threat Assessment, Cybersecurity   At the second North American Defense Ministerial, with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged a quick start to trilateral work on continental threat assessment and cybersecurity, and closer work among the three nations on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  The secretary also offered to host the next defense ministerial in Washington in 2016 to continue the important trilateral dialogue.

26 March 2014 Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation   The new high-level U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue announced at the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit will formalize and broaden our cooperation on cyber issues, building on shared commitments and achievements in key areas.

12 February 2014 Obama on New Cybersecurity Framework   "Today I was pleased to receive the Cybersecurity Framework, which reflects the good work of hundreds of companies, multiple federal agencies, and contributors from around the world. This voluntary Framework is a great example of how the private sector and government can, and should, work together to meet this shared challenge."


13 February 2013 Presidential Policy Directive -- Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.

13 February 2013 Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity The President issued an Executive Order yesterday directing federal departments and agencies to use their existing authorities to provide better cybersecurity for the Nation.

11 February 2013 U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Internet 2013 Conference  Ambassador Kelly: "the United States will be participating. My government remains convinced ... that that government is best which governs the Internet least. This is the philosophy Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Baer and the U.S. delegation will advocate at the conference. We are pleased the conference will feature such important topics as freedom of expression and the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, and we anticipate interesting discussions led by a diverse group of experts from across the OSCE region"

05 February 2013 International Treaty Puts Free Internet in Jeopardy     The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission warned U.S. lawmakers that the Internet “is under assault” following a United Nations telecommunications treaty that was adopted in December 2012 by the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union  at an international conference in Dubai.


14 December 2012 U.S., Allies Reject Internet Regulation in Telecom Treaty  The United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia are among about 20 nations that refused to sign a new treaty on global telecommunications, which has been in development at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   The U.S. delegation and like-minded nations walked away from the overall agreement December 13 because of clauses that could serve as groundwork for government regulation of the Internet.

13 December 2012 Ambassador Kramer's Remarks on World Telecommunications Meeting

13 December 2012 U.S. Intervention at the World Conference on International Telecommunications 

07 December 2012 U.S. and Allies Work to Block Increased Internet Regulation  The United States and allies from Europe and the Western Hemisphere are standing firm against proposals that might allow increased government regulation of Internet content and content providers at the World Conference on International Telecommunications under way in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

06 December 2012 Development and Progress of the World Conference on International Telecommunications Currently Being Held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Until December 14, 2012

30 November 2012 U.S. Opposes Attempts to Limit Communications Freedom  The United States will support expanded availability of Internet access and affordable broadband service when the World Conference on International Telecommunications convenes in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14.

29 November 2012 Ambassador Kramer on International Telecommunications Conference Preview of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14.

26 November 2012 Crossroads Ahead for Global Info Tech, U.S. Official Says  At the global conference on information technology convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14, the United States is ready to defend policies that will support “infrastructure, innovation and inclusion,” according to Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

12 October 2012 Panetta Spells Out Defense Department's Role in Cybersecurity  Panetta has stressed the importance of cybersecurity since taking office last year. In addition, the secretary has warned about a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” many times, including during testimony before Congress.  The speech before BENS aboard the USS Intrepid Museum is the secretary’s clearest discussion to date of DOD’s responsibility in the cyberdomain.
 • Defense Secretary Panetta on National Security, Cybersecurity

20 July 2012 President Calls for Legislation for Cyber Defense   President Obama is urging lawmakers to strengthen U.S. defenses against cyber warfare.  The president said the key to effective defense against cyber attack is sharing of information.
 • Obama on Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously
 • The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

20 July 2012  No Nation Can Combat Cybercrime Alone, Attorney General Says Emphasizing that no nation or government can combat cybercrime alone, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged greater international cooperation in developing a global strategy to fight a variety of Internet- and technology-based crimes at the Singapore Academy of Law in Singapore.

31 May 2012 Republicans, Democrats Unite to Oppose Internet Rules  A proposal to increase Internet regulation by the International Telecommunication Union or some other arm of the U.N. system is bringing unanimity among the various power centers in the U.S. government. Republicans, Democrats, the Obama administration, the industry and the community of nonprofit groups devoted to the Internet all oppose change in the current governance structure that is fundamentally based in the private sector.

14 March 2012 U.S.-UK Joint Fact Sheet : U.S.-UK Progress Towards a Freer and More Secure Cyberspace 

02 February 2012 U.S. Government Works to Enhance Cyberdefenses  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano led a delegation of top U.S. intelligence and security officials in a Senate briefing on threats posed by computer attacks as lawmakers consider a new measure to strengthen cyberdefenses.


02 November 2011 No to Government Control of the Internet, Biden Says  Addressing a conference in London that is meeting to discuss how to make the Internet more secure, Vice President Biden said a proposed “international legal instrument” to govern the Web would stifle free speech and the ability of people all over the world to interact as they choose.

London Conference on Cyberspace, 01-02 November 2011

The London Confererence on Cyberspace will launch a focused and inclusive dialogue to help guide the behaviour of all in cyberspace.   We will be streaming the conference live from our Facebook page.


25 October 2011 Activists Use Info Tech to Dodge Oppressors, Official Says  Democracy activists in some repressive countries are protecting themselves from harassment with technology training they received from the U.S. Department of State.   The U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, Michael Posner, offered a few insights into the programs.
 • Assistant Secretary Posner on Free Speech in the Digital Age

19 October 2011 International Conversation on Cybersecurity Is Under Way  Cybersecurity is the fundamental base supporting all Internet activity, be it political, economic or social. October, recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month since 2002 in the United States, is a time when governments, businesses and individuals must all recognize their role in maintaining cybersecurity, according to the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for cyber issues, Christopher Painter.

18 October 2011 Foreign Press Center Briefing with State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter

14 July 2011 International Cyber Diplomacy: Promoting Openness, Security and Prosperity in a Networked World (factsheet)

16 May 2011 U.S. Seeks Global Consensus for Open, Secure Cyberspace The Obama administration has unveiled an international strategy for cyberspace, outlining how it intends to promote an open and secure Internet that is available and interoperable around the world.
 • International Strategy for Cyberspace (30-page/2.3Mb PDF)

15 February 2011  Factsheet on Internet Freedom

09 February 2011 U.S. Adapts Counterterrorism Efforts to Evolving Threats  The U.S. is continually adapting its "counterterrorism techniques to effectively detect, deter and prevent terrorist acts," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says.