October 6, 2021
The United States, Taiwan, and Japan Co-host Virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (vGCTF) Workshop
on Combating Cybercrime through International Law Enforcement Collaboration
On October 6, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Taiwan Ministry of Interior (MOI), and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) co-hosted a virtual GCTF workshop entitled “Combating Cybercrime through International Law Enforcement Collaboration.”
Since the GCTF’s 2015 program launch, this virtual GCTF event is the first to focus on how international law enforcement agencies can cooperate to combat cybercrime.
AIT Deputy Director Jeremy Cornforth joined MOI Minister Kuo-Young Hsu, MOFA Deputy Minister Harry Ho-jen Tseng, and JTEA Chief Representative Hiroyasu Izumi in delivering opening remarks.
In his opening remarks, AIT Deputy Director Cornforth highlighted, “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.” He continued, “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.”
AIT, Taiwan’s MOFA and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association jointly administer the GCTF, which serves as a platform for Taiwan to share its expertise with partners around the world.