state department seeks cybersecurity playbook

State seeks playbooks to boost its cyber game

The State Department is looking for cybersecurity experts to develop and maintain cybersecurity playbooks that provide how-to guidance on operational cybersecurity and offer new ways of blocking and responding to cyberattacks.

The playbooks should include a set of standards, procedures and processes that “align policy, business, and technological approaches and ‘industry best practices’ to address cyber risk,” according to the request for information.

The series of cybersecurity playbooks must include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Physical and logical network segmentation
  2. Two-factor authentication
  3. Network configuration and monitoring
  4. Zero client architecture
  5. Cloud computing security
  6. Security operations center
  7. Mobile device security
  8. Dynamic system defenses
  9. Data-at-rest and data-in-transit encryption
  10. Data-centric security
  11. Micro hypervisor technology
  12. Application whitelisting

Responses are due Sept. 11. The full request can be found here.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

Click here for previous articles by Ms. Ziadeh or connect with her on Twitter: @aziadeh610.

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