On April 24, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen continued her participation at the G7 Security Ministerial in Toronto, Canada.
Secretary Nielsen met with her foreign counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom as well as representatives from the European Union to discuss how to protect our nations against persistent and emerging threats. The G7 participants also discussed joint efforts to combat human trafficking worldwide.
The Secretary covered a range of topics with her counterparts, including raising the bar globally on aviation security, enhancing information sharing, and working with our allies on soft-target security to better protect crowded places and public venues against attack. Additionally, Secretary Nielsen discussed what the Department is doing to combat terrorist use of the internet, and later G7 officials met with representatives of the companies leading the Global Internet Forum to Counterterrorism (GIFCT). They lauded the technology companies for actions taken to fight back against online terrorist recruitment and radicalization but also urged that more needed to be done. She stressed the urgency of this issue in the United States and the importance of working with G7 partners to thwart these threats.
Later today, the group will meet to discuss cybersecurity and the best practices to combat cyber risks.
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