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Bruce Andrews: Romania became a leader in information technology; Romanian, the second language spoken in Microsoft offices

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Romania has already proved that it is a leader in information technology and it is no longer a secret that Romania is the second language spoken in the Microsoft offices around the world, Bruce Andrews, US Deputy Secretary of Commerce said at the Regional Cyber Security Summit taking place at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest.

"I'm honoured to accompany these days to Bucharest a delegation including prestigious companies in the USA, from the IBM to Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. The US sees many opportunities in the further development of relations in the cybersecurity field with Romania. We want to create a much safer Internet cyberspace. One of the best ways to help Romania protect its networks is by continuing to implement new projects. Romania became a leader on the informational technology market. And, when I say this, I will give you just one example: here we have Bitdefender, a Romanian company that launched a revolutionary solution in cybersecurity named Box, strictly designed for domestic users. We already know that Romanian is the second language spoken in the Microsoft offices around the world," Andrews underscored.

The representatives of the US Commerce Department specified that, in order for the further development of partnerships with Romania, it is important to not have new laws that could stop innovation.

"There is enough room for growth in what the development of partnerships between Romania and the USA is concerned. That's why it is important to not have new laws that would prevent inter-operability and block innovation. The government and the industrial sector must cooperate smoothly. Cybersecurity is a place that can provide prosperity for both our countries," said the US official.

The Romanian Government, via the Ministry for Information Society (MSI), together with the US Commerce Department and the Commercial Service of the US Embassy to Bucharest over May 11-13 are organizing at the Parliament Palace the Regional Cybersecurity Summit.

Participating in the event there are 17 Central and South-Eastern European states, either members or non-members of the EU and NATO. These countries will present their policies in what regards cybersecurity and will approach new themes, such as threats and cyber vulnerabilities, the identification of opportunities for international and regional cooperation and they will have an exchange of good practices in the field.

The Bucharest Summit brings together governmental officials, companies and specialists in the cybersecurity field from both the public and private sectors in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, USA and Romania.

At the same time, the US Trade Department and the US Embassy in Bucharest's Trade Service are conducting a trade mission made of 20 US companies to present solutions they can offer in the field.

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews remarks at the Regional Cybersecurity Summit, Bucharest, Romania, May 11, 2015

 

-As prepared -

 

Thank you, Prime Minister Ponta. It is such a pleasure to be here in your beautiful country representing the U.S. government. On this trade mission, I have the honor of accompanying:Cask, Cisco Systems, Creative Information Technology, CSC, CyberPoint International, Data Locker, F5 Networks, Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, FireEye, General Dynamics Information Technology, Glimmerglass Cyber Solutions, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Information Unlimited Inc., Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Oracle, Palo Alto Networks, Raytheon, WhiteHat Security

 

The United States sees great opportunities for collaboration in the critical field of cybersecurity.With so much of our lives connected to the Internet – from our critical infrastructure and national security systems to our cars and bank accounts – we know the urgency of addressing these new and growing cyber threats.Against this backdrop, there are many emerging opportunities to partner with our strong ally Romania to create a more secure cyberspace.

 

Romania is on the front lines of the growing cyber conflict threat in the region. In the first half of 2014, the Romanian National Computer Security Incident Response Team issued 54,000 alerts – up from 44,000 alerts in all of 2013. We in the United States face this same threat, and we are eager to collaborate with you to face this emerging danger.

 

I believe that one of the best ways we can help Romania protect its critical infrastructure from hostile invaders is through the innovative technologies provided by America’s world-class IT companies – including those with us here today.

Of course, Romania has already proven itself to be a world leader in information technology. Firms here are breaking new ground around the world. For example, the Romanian company Bitdefender recently released one of the first security products made specifically for home networks: “Bitdefender Box.”

This revolutionary technology is essentially antivirus software for your home – protecting all of your devices by scanning network traffic to detect and block potential security threats.

Your expertise in this area has not gone unnoticed by American companies. Romanian is now the second most spoken language – after English – in Microsoft offices around the world.

Because of the combination of technical sophistication and language skills of your people, major U.S. companies like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle have established regional offices here.

Without a doubt, our IT sectors are already collaborating and working together – but there is much room for growth.

I’ve brought with me on this trade mission 20 of America’s top cybersecurity companies, ranging in size and specialization. These firms are all industry leaders – providing cutting-edge technologies, products, and services all over the globe.

Some have operated in Romania for decades, while others are looking to do business here for the first time. All of them – working alongside Romania’s own top notch IT companies – can help you achieve your security and economic goals.

But in order for this to happen, it is critical that we do not implement laws and regulations that harm cybersecurity, impede interoperability, and hinder innovation.

We are seeing a rising wave of digital protectionism and digital nationalism around the world, in which governments enact laws and policies to benefit their domestic industries.

These actions – in the guise of economic and security regulations – limit economic growth by denying citizens and businesses access to the best technologies in the world.

If we’re going to prevent future cyber-attacks, government and industry must work together to evolve and meet our shared challenges.

On behalf of the United States Government, we greatly value our close relationship with Romania, and we are committed to strengthening bilateral commercial ties between our countries.

Cybersecurity is a perfect example of a sector in which we can work together to increase national and economic security, create jobs, and provide mutual prosperity for both our economies.

Together, I am confident that we can provide leadership to enhance cybersecurity capabilities across Central and Southeast Europe.

 

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