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Cyber Threat: EU Home Affairs Commissioner Calls for Increased Transatlantic Cooperation

“The U.S. and the EU are primary targets for different kinds of cyber threats. And our governments, businesses and citizens are under siege from increasingly sophisticated attacks,” said European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Washington, DC today.

Speaking at a conference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the European Security Roundtable and SRA International, Commissioner Malmström stressed the importance of cooperation in this area and pointed to some early successes.

The EU-U.S. Working Group on Cyber-security and Cybercrime plays a key role in these efforts.”We also have the beginning of a strong operational partnership between the EU and the United States,” said Commissioner Malmström. “I am convinced that in the coming months and years we will be able to report back to our citizens on many more successful joint operations between FBI and Europol.”

However, she also noted that “for the time being the bad guys have the upper hand. The only way to turn the tables in our favor is for us to act quickly and to act together.”

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