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Ruppersberger Helps Introduce Cyber Diplomacy Act

Sep 14, 2017
Press Release


(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today released the following statement on the introduction of the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017.

“This bill establishes new United States international cyberspace policy guided by the ‘multi-stakeholder model’ that rejects Russia and China’s concept of government-led ‘cyber sovereignty.’ It specifies key objectives for the President to pursue in implementing such policy, such as securing commitments on responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

This bipartisan bill would ensure cyber policy at the Department remains a priority,” said Ruppersberger. “The threat to U.S. companies, citizens, and government networks continues to grow as criminal organizations and foreign governments further develop tools and recruit and retain top talent to act, offensively and defensively, in cyberspace. The international community continues to seek a common framework for conduct in this arena and the U.S. can only continue to be a leader if we acknowledge the need and direct adequate resources towards this effort.”

Additionally, the Cyber Diplomacy Act establishes an Ambassador level envoy, nominated by the President with the consent of the Senate. The previous Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department, Chris Painter, left in July after an Administration-led push to reorganize the diplomatic cyber mission team. “In July, I said the Department of State ‘better have a damn good reason’ for closing the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. The need for international engagement is growing, and I am happy this bill also provides for a new Ambassador with statutory authority to carry out that mission. As an original cosponsor, I applaud Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel on this effort. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and the Administration, to ensure it is enacted.”