Secretary of State John Kerry will address topics concerning cybersecurity strategy, standards and relations, as he completes a weekend long trip of negotiations between Seoul and Beijing. The focus of these talks actually pertains to continued maritime disputes in the South China Sea but it will also involve cybersecurity negotiations due to regional cyber hostility.
Cybersecurity and maybe more so the attacks that they hope to deflect by hackers, has become a major topic of corporate conversation in the U.S.. Within this discussion, one cannot ignore the Chinese North Korean tie that has certainly served as the popular contemporary author of these attacks.
The White House has said repeatedly that Pyongyang was responsible for Sony’s major data breach. In addition, the U.S. is also no stranger to accusing Beijing of organizing government sponsored cyberattacks to steal the intellectual property of leading American technology companies.
The Chinese government emphatically denies that it is involved in any cyberespionage or cyberattacks — a continued and categorical statement that neither the U.S., nor Japan or South Korea believe to be true.
News of Monday’s meetings comes only days after the U.S. and Japan signed a cybersecurity pact to better monitor the continued evolution of China’s economic espionage activity.