The text of the following statement was published by the governments of the United States of America and the Czech Republic on the occasion the first cyber dialogue between the United States and the Czech Republic in 2024.

The Czech Republic and the United States held their first bilateral cyber dialogue on March 18, 2024 in Prague, Czech Republic, on the sidelines of the Prague Cyber ​​Security Conference. The Czech Republic and the United States celebrated the fifth anniversary of the approval of the Prague Proposals, which marked a significant milestone in promoting the secure development of next-generation networks worldwide. The Czech Republic and the United States reaffirmed their joint commitment to further developing a trusted information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, including in the context of 6G networks and submarine cables.

U.S. and Czech officials addressed a wide range of cyber and digital issues. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to promoting an open, free, global, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and a stable cyberspace, and to protecting and respecting human rights online. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to countering the malign behavior of authoritarian state actors in cyberspace.

Officials emphasized the importance of protecting the information integrity environment and guarding against all forms of its erosion. They discussed the importance of building safeguards in digital public infrastructure to protect users’ security and privacy while promoting inclusivity. Officials also shared best practices for protecting children in the digital space.

Both sides noted that state and non-state actors are increasingly engaging in malicious cyber activities against critical infrastructure. The United States and the Czech Republic exchanged views on recent developments in national strategies and policies. Both sides discussed opportunities for enhanced cooperation, including by strengthening information sharing between Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) on cyber threats and vulnerabilities, collaborating on cyber exercises, addressing risks posed by AI in the context of cybersecurity and addressing the challenges of quantum-resistant cryptography.

Given the serious threat posed by ransomware, both sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in combating cybercrime and disrupting malicious cyber actors, including through the International Counter Ransomware Initiative. The Czech Republic recalled its recent participation in Operation DYING EMBER, an international effort to remediate over a thousand compromised routers of unsuspecting victims in the United States and around the world that were targeted by malicious nation-state actors in Russia in order to protect their strategic reconnaissance to facilitate collection. Both sides discussed joint measures to strengthen deterrence, including developing cyber capabilities, preparing in cyberspace and attributing malicious cyber behavior.

The United States and the Czech Republic underlined the importance of transatlantic cooperation on new and disruptive technologies. The sides decided to expand bilateral cooperation with a particular focus on AI and quantum technologies, including in the area of ​​research and development in quantum sciences and quantum computing, and to explore new avenues for bilateral engagement of their respective research institutions and industries. Both sides also exchanged relevant regulatory approaches in the field of AI and decided to continue cooperation in promoting responsible AI innovations that respect human rights, security and shared democratic values, including through the Global Partnership on AI.

In the area of ​​cyber diplomacy, both sides discussed the progress of the open working group on the use of ICT in the context of international security, the status of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime and the commitment to continue cooperation in international organizations. The United States and the Czech Republic have decided to further coordinate resilience and cyber capacity building efforts in other countries and regions, including but not limited to Ukraine, the Western Balkans, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Indo-Pacific.

Jennifer Bachus, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the U.S. Department of State, and Kateřina Sequensová, Director General for Non-European Countries, Economic and Development Cooperation, opened the dialogue with introductory remarks highlighting U.S.-Czech Republic relations and cooperation Cyber ​​and digital topics were highlighted. The dialogue was chaired by Liesyl Franz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Cyberspace Security in the Office of Cyberspace and Digital Policy at the U.S. Department of State, and Ambassador Richard Kadlčák, Special Envoy for Cyberspace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The United States was also represented by the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Commerce. The Czech Republic was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Agency for Cyber ​​and Information Security, the Government Office, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the National Agency for Organized Crime and the National Center for Terrorism, Extremism and Cybercrime, Department of Defense, Cyber ​​Forces Command and Intelligence Agencies.

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