From April 17-21, Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland to participate in the United Kingdom government’s cybersecurity event, CYBERUK. Acting Director Walden delivered the keynote address for the conference’s opening panel: Divided We Fall: Global Cooperation to Secure an Open and Resilient Digital Future. Walden also met with representatives from multiple countries and multilateral organizations to discuss cooperation on a range of global security and geopolitical issues.
Walden’s visit continues the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to international cooperation, as envisioned in the recently released National Cybersecurity Strategy, to ensure critical and emerging technologies work for, not against, democratic principles and security. Walden met with a range of United Kingdom officials to deepen our bilateral efforts to promote our shared affirmative vision of cyberspace to make our digital ecosystem more inherently defensible, resilient, and aligned with our values.
Finally, recognizing the United States’ vital interest in the enduring security of the Good Friday Agreement, Walden also met with representatives of the Northern Ireland Civil Service to discuss the key role of cybersecurity in advancing our shared objectives of political, social, and economic progress. Across all of her engagements, Walden emphasized the importance of strengthening U.S. international collaboration in securing the technologies and infrastructure of the future while simultaneously bolstering security to protect against present-day cyber threats.