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US, State Department proposes a new $20.8 million cyber security bureau

US, State Department Proposes A New $20.8 Million Cyber Security Bureau

CyberScoop: State Department sent to Congress a plan for a new $20.8 million cyber security bureau. It will be called Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) and should have a staff of 80

US State Department (DoS) wants to reestablish a cyber security-focused bureau to support diplomatic efforts in cyberspace. Following this, it has sent to Congress a plan. According to CyberScoop, the aim is to create the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to “lead U.S. government diplomatic efforts to secure cyberspace and its technologies, reduce the likelihood of cyber conflict, and prevail in strategic cyber competition.” The new bureau, with a proposed staff of 80 and projected budget of $20.8 million, would be led by a Senate-confirmed coordinator and “ambassador-at-large” with the equivalent status of an assistant secretary of State, who would report to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. 

CSET would “unify the policy functions and align national security responsibilities related to cyber security and emerging technologies with the department’s international security efforts”

CSET would “unify the policy functions and align national security responsibilities related to cyber security and emerging technologies with the department’s international security efforts,” and “promote the department’s long-term technical capacity in these areas,” states the document, which the State Department submitted this week to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The new State Department plan also calls for the existing Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs to increase its focus on the digital economy, global internet governance, and privacy issues. The new cyber security bureau has been in the works since at least last summer, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a memo that would have established it, Foreign Policy reported in January.

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