DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses staff in charge of response and recovery efforts at the new Joint Field Office in Puerto Rico on Dec. 19, 2017. (Eliezer Hernández/FEMA)

Nielsen Covers Human Trafficking, Aviation and Soft-Target Security with G7 Partners

On her second day at the G7 Security Ministerial in Toronto, Canada, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with her foreign counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom as well as representatives from the European Union to discuss how to protect against persistent and emerging threats.

The G7 participants also discussed joint efforts to combat human trafficking worldwide.

Nielsen covered a range of topics with her counterparts, including raising the bar globally on aviation security, enhancing information sharing, and working with allies on soft-target security to better protect crowded places and public venues against attack.

Additionally, Nielsen discussed what the department is doing to combat terrorist use of the internet, and later G7 officials met with representatives of the companies leading the Global Internet Forum to Counterterrorism (GIFCT).  They lauded the technology companies for actions taken to fight back against online terrorist recruitment and radicalization but also urged that more needed to be done. She stressed the urgency of this issue in the United States and the importance of working with G7 partners to thwart these threats.

Later in the day, the group met to discuss cybersecurity and the best practices to combat cyber risks.

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