White House: U.S.-Russia operational relationship for cyberspace expected by year end


The United States is strengthening cyber ties with Russia in the hopes that active diplomacy and international technical collaboration will reduce the overall risk to national networks, said Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president. The Obama administration official said the effort is part of a "reset" in U.S.-Russia relations.

"The U.S. and Russia are committed to tackling common cybersecurity threats while at the same time reducing the chances a misunderstood incident could negatively affect our relationship," wrote Schmidt in a July 12 White House blog post.


According to Schmidt, senior officials met with Russian National Security Council Deputy Secretary Nikolay Klimashin in June.

According to a joint statement (.pdf) issued by Schmidt and Klimashin following the meeting, the nations are committed to establishing several policies. By year end both nations will exchange papers and establish operational relationships for:

  • the exchange of military views on cyberspace operations,
  • established protocols and communication links for risk reduction/crisis prevention, and
  • regular information exchange between both nations' Computer Emergency Readiness Teams (CERTs), according to the joint statement.

The White House's International Strategy for Cyberspace (.pdf) proposed that the United States would engage with international partners on a fill range of cyber issues.

"The United States is committed to international initiatives and standards that enhance cybersecurity while safeguarding free trade and the broader free flow of information, recognizing our global responsibilities, as well as our national needs," wrote President Obama in the strategy document.

For more:
- see the White House blog post
- see the joint statement (.pdf)

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