Analogue and digital foreign policy: German‑Israeli consultations on cyber policy in the Federal Foreign Office

11.05.2017 - Article

German‑Israeli consultations on cyber policy in the Federal Foreign Office

The world is getting ever smaller as digital technology continues to spread. Digitalisation brings opportunities for societies as a whole, but it also brings risks – in the sphere of foreign policy as elsewhere. Germany’s international cyber policy is intended to shape this field. Delegations from Israel and Germany met at the Federal Foreign Office for the first time today (11 May) for a dialogue on issues relating to international cyber policy and cyber security.

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Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, Director for the United Nations, International Cyber Policy and Counterterrorism, headed the German delegation. The talks focused on the cyber security architecture of the two states. Current issues and developments in cyber diplomacy and international cyber policy were also discussed.

“In view of the diversity and intensity of the threats in cyberspace currently faced by our countries, it is vitally important that we cooperate closely in the interests of our countries’ national security and, above all, with the protection of our critical infrastructures in mind,” the two sides agreed. “Israel and Germany are already liaising closely with regard to strengthening national and international cyber security. Within the framework of our open and productive dialogue, we have identified further areas where we intend to intensify our bilateral cooperation. This also includes the opportunities arising in both countries’ markets for security solutions developed in Israel and Germany”.

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