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State Department Still Struggling With 5-Year-Old Recommendations to Fix IT Management Issues

The agency is doing better about reporting through its internal system but six of seven outstanding issues remain a concern for the inspector general.

State to Supply Costa Rican Police With Drones to Crack Down on Drug Trade

The program would start with eight small UAS, with plans to increase the number to 40 or more if successful.

State Wants Better Bots and Processes For Its Help Desk

The Consolidated Customer Support office already manages eight bots, but an ongoing project requires more user-centric automation.

Agencies Unveil Plans to Fight Ransomware—Including Paying for Tips

The State Department’s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information about attackers targeting U.S. critical infrastructure.

Justice Took Down Two Domains Used in USAID Hack 

The action demonstrates the department’s authorities beyond attributing malicious cyber activity.  

Russia’s Latest Hack Shows How Useful ‘Criminal Groups’ Are to the Kremlin

Russian coders have little choice but to work with their government, which in turn denies any knowledge of their activities. That’s why hacking activity shows no sign of slowing.

State Department Needs a Tool to Scan Its Worldwide Network for Vulnerabilities

The department is exploring a “lifecycle refresh” for its Enterprise Vulnerability Scanning Solution program.

How State’s Disinformation-Fighting Arm Uses Artificial Intelligence

A federal team is curbing disruptive online activities with innovative technologies.

State Department Floats $4B Vehicle to Consolidate Its IT Contracts

The new contract vehicle will also shift the agency’s strategy to focus on fixing problems instead of buying tech.

CISA Chief Says the Agency’s Global Initiative Is to Support the State Department  

International cybersecurity work of both the State and Homeland Security departments will rely on support from Congress.

State Department Wants a Small Business to Manage Its Cloud Office

The vendor will support the relatively new Cloud Program Management Office.

State’s New Cyber Office Brings Up Questions About Agency Roles

The House Homeland Security Chair and new Cybersecurity subcommittee leader say any cyber diplomacy should also tap CISA’s expertise.

Lawmakers Criticize State Department’s ‘Misguided Cyberspace Reorganization’

A bipartisan group of four lawmakers said the State Department’s proposed realignment would only serve to reinforce existing silos.

State Department Approves Creation of Cyber Bureau

The Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies Bureau will address national security- and diplomatic-related tech issues.