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Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Cornforth at the Opening of a Virtual GCTF on Combating Cybercrime
October 6, 2021


 Remarks by AIT Deputy Director Jeremy Cornforth at the Opening of a Virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (vGCTF) Workshop
on Combating Cybercrime through International Law Enforcement Collaboration


Minister of Interior Hsu, Deputy Foreign Minister Tseng, Chief Representative Izumi, panelists, virtual guests, good morning!

It is my pleasure to offer remarks to kick off this virtual GCTF on combatting cybercrime through international law enforcement cooperation.  We are grateful for the contributions of experts from the United States, Taiwan, and Japan and for the participation of distinguished guests from around the world.

Cybersecurity is a shared challenge that requires a whole-of-society approach.  We must work with our partners like Taiwan and Japan to take a proactive and comprehensive approach to reduce and protect against cybercrime.

Let me be clear.  Cybersecurity is national security and the Biden Administration is taking key measures to prioritize and elevate cybersecurity by strengthening technology supply chains, hardening critical infrastructure, and expanding international cooperation to hold accountable nations who harbor ransomware criminals.

Although Taiwan is prevented from participating meaningfully in Interpol and many other international organizations, today’s event will highlight the many ways that Taiwan is sharing its expertise with the international community as well as how the global cyber community shares lessons with Taiwan in order to tackle the shared challenge of cybercrime.

Today’s expert panelists from the United States, Taiwan, and Japan will highlight some specific ways that law enforcement agencies can work together to disrupt illegal activity in cyberspace.

Taiwan has demonstrated time and again that it is a reliable partner and a force for good in the world and we are proud to co-host this event to expand international cooperation in this important area.

Once again, on behalf of the American Institute in Taiwan, thank you all for your participation.