ROK and US to Boost their Cooperation in Cyberspace

The Second Cyber Policy Consultation between the Republic of Korea and the United States will take place in Washington on July 15. The ROK and US delegations to the meeting will be led by Choi Sung-joo, Ambassador for International Security Affairs and head of the Preparatory Secretariat for Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013, and Christopher Painter, First Coordinator of the US Secretary of State for Cyber Issues, respectively.

The ROK delegation will include officials from relevant government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning and the Supreme Prosecutor's Office. The US side will be comprised of those from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

In the upcoming Consultation, building upon the outcome of the First Consultation held in Seoul in September 2012, the two sides will exchange views on a variety of agenda items and discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in cyberspace. The agenda of the Consultation will include ways to build trust in cyberspace, the development of international cyber norms, international policies on the Internet and information and communications (ICT), bilateral and multilateral cooperation measures to counter cyber crimes, and ways to help developing countries enhance their cyber capacity.

The ROK is stepping up its consultations on cyber issues with such countries as the US, Russia and China. The upcoming meeting with the US is expected to help Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013, which will take place on October 17 and 18 to look into various aspects of cyberspace such as cyber crimes, cyber security and international security, produce more fruitful results.

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