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Transatlantic Collaboration on Cybersecurity: Common Goals, Clear Results

Cybersecurity: EU-U.S. Cooperation

Large-scale attacks against information systems and various other forms of cybercrime, such as online identity theft or online child abuse, are subject to rapidly evolving technological developments. The EU’s responses to such crimes are equally innovative and flexible, ranging from support for cross-border cyber-investigations and police training to legislative measures.

The EU established a dedicated European Cybercrime Center within Europol that began operations in January 2013. Because cybercrime knows no borders and is increasingly a global threat, the EU and the U.S. collaborate closely on cybersecurity and in the fight against cybercrime.

In recent years, the partners have established the EU-U.S. Working Group on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime to “work together to tackle new threats to the global networks upon which the security and prosperity of our free societies increasingly depend.” In 2011, he EU and the U.S. participated in their first joint cybersecurity exercise—Cyber Atlantic—with further exercises to follow next year. The EU and the U.S. face similar challenges—organized crime groups are growing stronger, state-sponsored attacks are an increasing problem, and threats from non-state actors are on the rise.

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, met with her counterparts in the U.S. Administration in Washington in late April to discuss how the EU and the U.S. can further deepen their cooperation on cybersecurity and cybercrime and keep the internet open, free, and secure.

Commissioner Malmström’s Speech: