Cybersecurity

State Department Approves Creation of Cyber Bureau

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

Data

State Selects First Permanent Chief Data Officer

Matthew Graviss previously served as USCIS’ first CDO and will report to Janice deGarmo, who was recently promoted at State.

Ideas

Scientists Suggest U.S. Embassies Were Hit with High-Power Microwaves – Here's How the Weapons Work

The technology behind the suspected weapons is well understood and dates back to the Cold War arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Cybersecurity

Biden Team Highlights Cybersecurity Focus With First Cabinet Picks

Familiar faces will likely have to revisit efforts around information sharing and establishing global norms.

Cybersecurity

State Department Facing 'Significant' Information Security Issues, OIG Says

Information security and management was one of seven major management and performance issues the State Department faced in fiscal year 2020.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog Highlights Need for Better Cyber Coordination Across Government

A pair of reports point to confusion about the State Department’s new cyber bureau and the vacuum left behind by the eliminated White House cyber coordinator position.

Emerging Tech

State Department Brings Financing Partners to Help Fund Huawei Alternatives

The State Department is working with financial institutions to help close deals for Western technology providers around the globe, an official says.

CIO Briefing

Bill Would Push State Department to Clear Passport Backlog

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the backlog of Americans waiting for passports has ballooned to at least 1.4 million people.

Cybersecurity

China is Dumping Fiber Optic Cables in the Global Market, Commerce Official Says

The cables are key to the development of fifth-generation networks, and therefore a matter of national security for the Trump administration.

Data

State Department Harnesses Data to Help Bring Americans Home Safely During the Pandemic

The agency turned to data-focused teams and products to help decision-makers prioritize options.

Podcasts

Critical Update: How State Department IT Was Set Up to Deal with COVID-19

State Department CIO Stuart McGuigan joins Critical Update to talk about his vision for the agency and how the department’s decentralized nature made for an easy transition to mass telework.

Cybersecurity

Federal Officials: Tackling the ‘Most Insidious’ Cyber Threat Takes Looking After Workers 

Insider threat is seen as the primary attack vector for intellectual property theft and was reportedly on the rise last year.

Ideas

Encryption and a New Paradigm for Security’s Data-Centric Future

ITAR’s new encryption carve-out paves the way for secure and private collaboration.

Ideas

Britain and America Have a China Problem

London’s and Washington’s differing assessments of Beijing’s rise point to deeper issues between the two countries.

IT Modernization

State Department CIO’s Plan to Reengineer Agency’s IT Process

The shift to cloud computing and agile development hit the State Department’s “sweet spot,” says CIO Stuart McGuigan.

Cybersecurity

Another Poor Cybersecurity Audit at State Department Draws Scrutiny

Auditors have been reporting weaknesses in IT security controls for over a decade. 

IT Modernization

State Wants to Recruit More Young, Diverse IT Pros

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program would offer 15 students mentoring, financial aid and guaranteed employment.

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