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Strong International Partnerships -- Securing our Communities and our Economies

Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano

Today, I had the opportunity to meet with business representatives at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Paris.  We discussed security challenges impacting companies in the U.S. and France, and ways that the public and private sectors in both of our countries can continue to work together to address shared threats.

In today’s world, our systems of trade, travel, and communication are more connected than ever before, and the movement of people, goods, and ideas never stops.  While this creates tremendous opportunities, it also brings additional security challenges that require increased international collaboration.

We are working closely with businesses and associations, like AmCham, to strengthen the global travel and trade networks upon which our communities and economies rely.

For example, we are working with private sector partners domestically and internationally to strengthen cybersecurity and protect intellectual property rights.  In addition, just last month, we held the first joint table top exercise with our EU counterparts to enhance international collaboration on cyber incident response.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also works with our international partners to seize and destroy counterfeit goods, shut down websites that sell these goods, and dismantle transnational smuggling operations.  In fact, just a few days ago, on one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, ICE and our partners shut down 150 websites selling counterfeit goods.

At the heart of all our international efforts is a firm commitment to continue to build a more secure and resilient nation, while maintaining the open flow of commerce, travel, and ideas.  We are pleased to be working with our international counterparts, both within and outside of government, to improve security across global travel, commerce and cyberspace for the benefit of citizens around the world.

Last Updated: 09/20/2018
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