IG tells State to step up security efforts

IG tells State to step up security efforts

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

JULY 16—The State Department needs to evaluate its foreign operations and draw up critical systems infrastructure protection plans and vulnerability assessments, State's inspector general concluded in a report released last month.

Under Presidential Decision Directive 63, State had to implement an international strategy for safeguarding critical U.S. and global infrastructures. The effort so far has consisted of an international outreach plan to catch cyberterrorists and criminals, which began last August. But the IG report said that although the plan has had some success, the department needs to take more global preventive measures.

'The department's Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan and vulnerability assessments did not address the department's minimum-essential infrastructure overseas, nor the role and responsibilities of its chiefs of mission in protecting that infrastructure,' the report said. 'Foreign operations are essential to U.S. government foreign policy and relations, national defense, and U.S. interests abroad.'

Among other recommendations, the IG advised the assistant secretary for diplomatic security to conduct security evaluations of all critical systems infrastructures at least once every three years.

The IG review was conducted in conjunction with a President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency assessment of PDD-63's implementation at agencies.

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