EU and UK launch Cyber Dialogue on securing cyberspace
Wed 20 Dec 2023
On 14 December, the EU and UK conducted their inaugural Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, marking a step in their collaborative efforts to secure cyberspace.
This meeting, aligning with the provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), focused on promoting an open, free, stable, and secure cyberspace that upholds human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Amidst the evolving global cyberthreat landscape, the dialogue encompassed a broad spectrum of cyber-related topics.
Discussions included cybersecurity and resilience, multilateral and regional cyber strategies, preparedness for and response to cyber incidents and attacks, cybercrime, cyber defence, and capacity building in cyber capabilities for third countries.
Both the EU and the UK shared updates on their latest legislative advancements in these areas.
A mutual agreement was reached to continue policy development exchanges. These discussions aim to support the UN framework for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, particularly through the United Nations’ Cyber Programme of Action.
Enhancing global cyber resilience and addressing malicious cyber activities were also key points of the dialogue.
The Cyber Dialogue was co-chaired by Joanneke Balfoort, Director for Security and Defence Policy at the European External Action Service (EEAS); Lorena Boix Alonso, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity (DG Connect) at the European Commission; William Middleton, Cyber Director at the Cyber Policy Department, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; and Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director of Cyber Security at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).
The next meeting of the EU-UK Cyber Dialogue is scheduled to take place in London in 2024, continuing this critical conversation on cybersecurity and collaboration between the EU and the UK.