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State Department Announces Reward Offer for Cybercrime Information

Rewards for Justice

The State Department is offering up to $10 million in rewards through the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program for information that could help identify and locate individuals involved in malicious cyber operations against U.S. critical infrastructure. Certain malicious cyber activities homing in on critical infrastructure may be considered a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). 

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

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President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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House OKs Bill to Put up Cyber Diplomacy Bureau at State Department; Rep. Jim Langevin Quoted

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to establish an office dedicated to cyberspace diplomacy. The Cyber Diplomacy Act would create the Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy at the State Department, and appoint a cyber diplomacy ambassador to lead the office. The government would use the potential office to better augment the norms of global cyberspace.

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State Department Harnesses AI Tech to Address Disinformation

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The State Department's Global Engagement Center uses artificial intelligence in efforts to address the fake news spreads and state-sponsored propaganda targeting the U.S. government. Daniel Kimmage, acting coordinator of GEC, said at a Foreign Policy event that the center uses AI to identify coordinated threats and understand the corresponding landscape.

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State Department’s Gerald Caron: TIC 3.0 Guidelines Support Flexible Cybersecurity Requirements, Zero-Trust Implementation

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Gerald Caron, an official at the State Department, said the Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 (TIC 3.0) guidance enables agencies to drive zero-trust implementation while benefiting from flexible security requirements. Caron, who serves as director of enterprise network management at the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resources, said at a prior webinar that TIC 3.0 allows agencies to move away from TIC 2.0’s “prescriptive” security guidelines.

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Matthew Graviss on State Department’s Data Initiatives

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Matthew Graviss, chief data officer of the State Department, said he envisions data as a vital asset for both industry and government and that his department plans to establish a one-stop shop for dataset access. According to Graviss, the State Department is working on enlisting more talent and developing the skills of current personnel for data-focused functions.

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Ian Wallace to Advise State Department on Cyber Matters

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace, who formerly held leadership roles at the U.K.'s defense ministry, has been named a senior adviser to the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. He will focus on helping the department build cyber capacity in his new role, which became effective on Monday, the newly appointed senior adviser said in a tweet posted Friday.

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Report: State Department Suspends Foreign Sales of U.S. Weapons Pending Biden Administration Reviews

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President Biden has halted U.S. weapons sales to foreign nations on a temporary basis to allow time for administrative assessments. In January 2021, Reuters reported that the United Arab Emirates entered into an agreement with the U.S. to purchase $23 billion worth of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft and a maximum of 18 drones. 

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Keith Jones Rejoins Federal Government as State Department CIO

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Keith Jones, former deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been appointed as the State Department’s new CIO. Jones will have the rank of assistant secretary of state as part of his new capacity. Most recently, Jones served as a principal consultant at government-focused management consulting firm Deep Water Point

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GDIT Wins Spot on State Department’s $3.3B Global Support Strategy Contract

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General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has been awarded a position on the U.S. Department of State's ten-year, $3.3 billion Global Support Strategy (GSS) 2.0 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. “We have been providing visa-related services to the U.S. Department of State for more than 20 years,” said Paul Nedzbala, GDIT senior vice president for the federal civilian division.

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