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Cybersecurity, the US State Department will have its Cyber Affairs Office

The US State Department will have its Cyber Affairs Office. Blinken: It will be led by an ambassador. Furthermore, there will be a Special Envoy for critical and emerging technology. DoS seeks also more funds for IT

The U.S. Department of State (DoS) will have its own cybe affairs office. It has been announced by the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at the Foreign Service Institute. The new bureau will focus on cyberspace and digital policy, and will be led by an official with the rank of ambassador. Furthermore, DoS will have a new special envoy for critical and emerging technology. Both officials will report up to Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman. The Department will also improve its technology to strengthen the cybersecurity. Blinken would seek a 50% increase in its IT budget. State’s overall IT spend will tick up from $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2021 to $2.3 billion in 2022. However, according to FCW, there does appear to be a 50% increase in State’s IT Central Fund in the FY2022 budget justification, from about $300 million to just under $450 million.

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