Cybersecurity

Bill to Reinstate and Elevate Top Cyber Diplomat Advances from Senate Committee

The Trump administration first removed the position, then combined it with State’s internet governance chief.

Ideas

The State Department’s New Cyber Reports Miss the Point Entirely

Amid a crisis in U.S. cyber policy, a pair of reports on deterrence and international engagement offer recycled ideas.

Policy

The U.S. Is Altering its Visa Policies to Stem China’s Advancement in STEM

The State Department is preparing to shorten the length of the visas it issues to Chinese nationals.

Cybersecurity

State Reauthorization Elevates Cyber Office Tillerson Once Shuttered

The House bill closely tracks a standalone bill to restore and elevate the cyber coordinator’s office.

CIO Briefing

Social Media Screening Won’t Slow Down the Visa Process, State Department Says

The department wants to screen five years of social media and email from all visa applicants but doesn’t expect longer processing time “for most visa cases.”

Data

VISA Applications May Require Five Years of Social Media Information

In the near future, Visa applications filed through the State Department may require a lot of personal info.

Cybersecurity

House Lawmakers Introduce Hack the State Department Bug Bounty Bill

The bill would offer cash rewards for vulnerabilities hackers discover in State Department websites.

Data

Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

Strategic Communications Laboratories worked with Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly used social-media data to target likely Trump voters.

Cybersecurity

State Dept. Reverses Course, Plans to Launch Cyber and Digital Economy Bureau

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier shuttered a cyber coordinator’s office with similar duties.

Cybersecurity

No, Rex Tillerson Does Not Have $1.85M To Give You

The secretary of state’s name is being used in an email scam, the FTC warns.

Policy

House Votes to Restore Top Cyber Diplomat’s Office

The vote is a rare rift on cyber policy with the Trump administration.

Cybersecurity

2017 Was Marked by Continuity and Confusion in Cyber Policy

The Kaspersky ban, WannaCry and big changes at State Department topped the news cycle.

Cybersecurity

Will Ukraine Be Hit by Yet Another Holiday Power-Grid Hack?

The country has been attacked the past two years in December. A new strike could have major implications for cybersecurity in the U.S.

Ideas

As AI and Cyber Race Ahead, the State Department Is Falling Behind

Technology is reshaping the global order. America’s diplomats need to start thinking ahead.

Ideas

Hey, @Twitter, It’s Time to Talk about President Trump

The president’s amplification of the things he finds in his mentions is putting national security at risk.

CIO Briefing

More Than 200 US Diplomats, Civil Servants and Servicewomen Say They’ve Been Harassed at Work

An open letter titled #metoonatsec accuses their industry of systemic discrimination and harassment.

Cybersecurity

The Pluses and Perils of Trump's Cyber Strategy

Continuity on most cyber policies masks a growing erosion of global cyber norms.

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