State's IG calls for focus on cybersecurity

State's IG calls for focus on cybersecurity

The State Department must evaluate its foreign operations and draw up plans for systems security, State's inspector general has concluded.

Under Presidential Decision Directive 63, State must 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 in a report last month, the IG 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.'

'D.S. Onley

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