State Department creates bureau to reduce ‘likelihood of cyber conflict’


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the creation of a new bureau inside the US Department of State dedicated to addressing cybersecurity as part of the US’ foreign policy and diplomatic efforts.

The new bureau will be named the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET).

The CSET bureau will lead US government diplomatic efforts on a wide range of international cyberspace security and emerging technology policy issues that affect US foreign policy and national security, including securing cyberspace and critical technologies, reducing the likelihood of cyber conflict, and prevailing in strategic cyber competition, the State Department said yesterday.

Efforts to get the bureau on its feet began in June 2019, as a replacement for a previous office tasked with addressing cyber-security policies as part of US foreign diplomatic efforts had been shuttered as part of a reorganization in the summer of 2017, under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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