September 27, 2013

Lecture by Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the United States Department of State

On 20 September, the ICDS hosted a lecture by Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the United States Department of State, entitled “Cooperation in Cyber Space: Fostering Common Approaches Within and Among Governments“ . His lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

On 20 September, the ICDS hosted a lecture by Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the United States Department of State, entitled “Cooperation in Cyber Space: Fostering Common Approaches Within and Among Governments“ . His lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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On 20 September, the ICDS hosted a lecture by Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the United States Department of State, entitled “Cooperation in Cyber Space: Fostering Common Approaches Within and Among Governments“ . His lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
In his speech, Painter addressed two types of threats in cyberspace: technological and policy. He argued that while cyber security has become a major foreign policy and domestic issue in the United States and elsewhere, policy makers often do not understand the nature of either set of challenges. Technical threats should be addressed both by implementing technological solutions, he argued, as well as by constructing norms on political cooperation with which to mitigate them. Referring to the evolution in strategic thinking about cyber security in the United States, he said that in 2003 when the first cyber security strategy was published, the focus was more narrowly on security. In contrast, Painter noted, stands the 2011 International Strategy for Cyber Space; as the name of the document itself indicates, it is recognized that cyber security has economic and social implications, and thus requires a whole-of-government approach. Security is not divorced from international freedom, he insisted.
Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for twenty years. Prior to joining the State Department, he served in the White House as Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the National Security Staff. During his two years at the White House, Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review, and chaired high-level inter-agency groups devoted to international and other cyber issues.He is currently leading the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation.
For a more in-depth treatment of Painter’s views on cyber security, please see our interview in the forthcoming English edition of Diplomaatia.

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