"EU-US Cyber Consultation on Joint Responses to Malicious Cyber Activities"
As part of the EU Cyber Direct project that SNV is implementing together with GMF and EUISS, Julia Schuetze and Sven Herpig are conducting a workshop on the EU-US joint jesponses to malicious cyber activities.
For the US and the EU, responses to malicious cyber activities have an international component. The US government has stated that the “imposition of consequences would be more impactful and send a stronger deterrent message if it were carried out in concert with partners. Partner states could, on a voluntary basis, support each other’s responses to significant malicious cyber incidents, including through intelligence sharing, buttressing of attribution claims, public statements of support for responsive actions taken following an incident, and/or actual participation in the imposition of consequences against perpetrator governments ”. In the EU, the General Secretariat of the Council stated in its “draft implementing guidelines for the Framework on a Joint EU Diplomatic Response to Malicious Cyber Activities” that “appropriate coordination with like-minded partners and international organizations should be envisaged. ” The US and the EU have underlined the need for coordination and cooperation in this matter in the 2018 and 2019 cyber dialogue and support practical collaborative efforts.
At this workshop, experts in cybersecurity and foreign policy from the US and the EU will assess the current state of joint EU-US responses to malicious cyber activities and determine further concrete options for joint EU and US responses to malicious cyber activities as was envisioned by diplomats in the EU-U.S. Cyber Dialogue from 2018 and 2019. This would include actions taken in three distinct phases: prevention, detection, and reactions.