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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with Australia-US Cyber Security experts in Washington

Thursday 22 February 1000 – 1130 (GMT-8): Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior Australian officials met with Kirstjen Nielsen, US Secretary of Homeland Security, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, US Navy, Commander, US Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency, Chief, Central Security Service, senior US Government officials and industry and think-tank cyber-security experts. The high-level roundtable was hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies at CSIS Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Discussion focused on how to deter and respond to unacceptable behavior in cyberspace – particularly by states and their proxies – and how to strengthen coordination between government and the private sector. The outcomes will frame the agenda for the second 1.5 Track Australia-United States Cyber Security Dialogue to be held in April 2018.

“Prime Minister Turnbull is demonstrating real leadership to address the great challenges of cyber security. CSIS is proud to partner with the Australian Government on such a crucial endeavor,” said John Hamre, President and CEO of CSIS.

“We’re delighted Prime Minister Turnbull was again able to participate in the US-Australia 1.5 track cyber dialogue”, the Head of the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre Fergus Hanson said. “Having the top decision makers in the same room discussing the most pressing cyber challenges means we can get straight to the big issues.”

“Cooperation with likeminded countries is the best way to improve cybersecurity, and cooperation between the U.S. and Australia is crucial for security in the Asia Pacific region,” said James A. Lewis, Senior Vice President at CSIS.

For more information regarding the roundtable or 1.5 Track Australia-United States Cyber Security Dialogue please contact:

Renee Jones, Events and Communications Manager, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
[email protected]
P: +61 400 424 323

H. Andrew Schwartz, Chief Communications Officer, Center for Strategic and International Studies
[email protected]

P: 202 775 3242