Transatlantic Cooperation on Cybersecurity: Perspectives on New EU and U.S. Initiatives

New developments on cybersecurity on both sides of the Atlantic were discussed today at the Embassy of Italy in Washington at a discussion with  Dr Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary and Director Of the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S Department of Commerce and Mr Giuseppe Abbamonte, Head of Unit at DG CONNECT at the European Commission.

More that 80 representatives of Government Agencies, think tanks, academia, embassies and companies participated to the event on “Transatlantic Cooperation on Cybersecurity: Perspectives on New EU and US Initiatives”, organized by The European Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Delegation of the EU in Washington.

“If the threats from the cyberdomain have no boundaries” said the Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy, Minister Luca Franchetti Pardo, in his introductory remarks, the Transatlantic cooperation in this domain should become the centerpiece of our shared security”, stating also that the aim is “to get the broader public into the conversation about cybersecurity, about its challenges and its threats”.

Dr Gallagher and Mr Abbamonte outlined recent developments at regulatory level both in the US and in the EU, such as the recently adopted EU Cybersecurity Strategy, which  gives strategic priority to the development of industrial and technological resources for strengthening security standards, implementing an EU wide certification system, as well as bolstering R&D, innovation and investment under the umbrella of Horizon 2020. Only one week after the adoption of the EU cyber strategy, on February 12th the Obama Administration issued an Executive order on improving cybersecurity for critical infrastructure that, among other things, tasks NIST with the development of a framework to reduce cyber risk. Dr. Gallagher and Mr. Abbamonte, while offering their perspectives on U.S. and EU approaches and the potential for greater transatlantic cooperation in meeting current and future cyber defense challenges, agreed that “security and privacy are mutually reinforcing” and that the strong interaction between the public and the private sector is vital achieving concrete results in this filed.