Allies briefed on latest OSCE Cyber Confidence Building Measures

  • 18 Apr. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 20 Apr. 2016 18:44

On 18 April, NATO’s Cyber Defence Committee was briefed by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer, Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on the latest set of cyber “Confidence Building Measures,” adopted by the OSCE in March 2016.

“The Alliance continues to closely follow and support the work undertaken in other international organisations on cyber policy issues, notably those efforts related to confidence-building measures and the development of norms for responsible state behaviour,” said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges and Chairman of NATO’s Cyber Defence Committee. He further highlighted the importance of international cooperation on cyber defence issues as critical to foster a more predictable and stable global cyberspace.

Adopted by the OSCE’s Permanent Council last month, this is the second set of Confidence Building Measures to Reduce the Risk of Conflict Stemming from the Use of Information and Communication Technologies. An initial set of OSCE confidence building measures was first developed in 2013.

"These confidence-building measures encourage participating States to undertake joint activities to address common security challenges,” stated U.S. Ambassador Baer who chairs the OSCE cyber working group. "The risk-reduction measures enhance interstate cooperation and stability."