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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at the London School of Economics

Release Date: 
November 4, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

London—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today delivered remarks to students at the London School of Economics—highlighting the global security issues the international community faces and stressing the shared responsibility to develop innovative responses to these threats.

“In an increasingly networked world, our efforts to combat threats of terrorism rely more than ever on close collaboration with our partners across the globe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “We are looking to a new generation of security professionals for innovative security strategies to confront a continually evolving array of threats.”

In her remarks, Secretary Napolitano emphasized the importance of working with international partners to protect global cyber infrastructure—highlighting new intrusion detection and prevention capabilities that will help mitigate cyber threats.

Secretary Napolitano also expressed the Obama Administration’s commitment to working with law enforcement across the world to dismantle criminal human trafficking organizations—echoing remarks she made about the urgent need to combat human trafficking at the Danish Institute of International Studies in Copenhagen on Monday.

Earlier today in Madrid, Secretary Napolitano addressed the need to balance proactive global security with privacy protections for individuals in remarks to the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

Later this week, Secretary Napolitano will travel to Belgium and the United Arab Emirates to meet with her international counterparts to discuss information sharing and privacy protection; collaborative efforts to secure cyber networks worldwide; international response to the H1N1 global pandemic; and coordination to combat transnational criminal activity and the global threat of terrorism.

This trip marks Secretary Napolitano’s third visit to Europe and second to the Middle East to develop and strengthen international partnerships. Since January, Secretary Napolitano has launched partnerships and bolstered international engagement around the world—facilitating improved information sharing and better protection against violent extremism.

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