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Secretary Napolitano and Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten Sign Letter of Intent on Cybersecurity Cooperation

Release Date: 
February 22, 2012

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

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten today signed a Letter of Intent to build upon cooperative cybersecurity initiatives to promote a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment.

“The United States is strongly committed to working with international partners to combat threats to security and economic stability,” said Secretary Napolitano. “This Letter will help us strengthen collaboration and cooperation in the area of cybersecurity with the Dutch government to better protect the citizens of both nations.”

“Cybersecurity has become a priority on the international agenda. In January, the Netherlands opened the National Cybersecurity Center, a partnership between the public, private and academic sectors. Bilateral security cooperation between the Netherlands and the United States is already strong and this Letter of Intent will further enhance our collaboration in cybersecurity,” said Minister Ivo Opstelten.

The Letter of Intent signed today recognizes expanded coordination between the United States and the Netherlands, and outlines several areas to further collaborate on cybersecurity including incident management and response activities, control systems security, and cybersecurity exercises.

During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano and Minister Opstelten also discussed the importance of international security partnerships as well as collaborative efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crime, and ensure a stronger, safer, and more resilient global supply chain. Secretary Napolitano traveled to the Netherlands last June to meet with her counterparts as part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to securing the global supply chain and international transportation systems.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.

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