U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 22, 2016

The Governments of the United States and Germany will hold a Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 22-23.

This third bilateral engagement follows the June 2014 discussions held in Berlin, Germany, which reinforced our alliance by highlighting our collaboration on key cyber issues over the course of the last decade. Prior discussions emphasized a whole-of-government approach, furthering U.S. and German cooperation on a wide range of cyber issues, and our joint engagement on operational and strategic objectives.

Officials from relevant ministries and agencies of the two governments will discuss bilateral cooperation on cyber issues, including international security in cyberspace such as confidence building measures and norms of state behavior, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, cyber defense, combating cybercrime, Internet Freedom, and Internet governance. The meeting will be followed by a session with stakeholders that will include a discussion on the pending multistakeholder U.S.-Germany Cyber Dialogue to be scheduled in the near future.

Mr. Christopher Painter, U.S. Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues, will lead the U.S. Government interagency delegation that includes other representatives from the Department of State, as well as representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Communications Commission.

The German delegation will be led by Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, the Federal Foreign Office’s Director for International Cyber Policy. He will be accompanied by representatives from the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Defence, and the Federal Office for Information Security.

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