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State Department Launches Cyber Bureau


The newly-minted office starts its work as U.S. and world leaders fret about cyberattacks spilling out of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Credit: The Record

The State Department on Monday launched a new cybersecurity bureau, ending a years-long saga over how the U.S. could bolster digital diplomacy and online standards around the world.

The Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, which is the amalgamation of three previously existing teams, "will address the national security challenges, economic opportunities, and implications for U.S. values associated with cyberspace, digital technologies, and digital policy," the department said in a statement.

Jennifer Bachus, a career diplomat who most recently served as a senior official at the U.S. embassy in the Czech Republic, will lead the new organization as a principal deputy assistant secretary until President Joe Biden nominates a permanent chief, who will hold the rank of ambassador-at-large. 

Michele Markoff, another long-time diplomat, will lead the cyberspace security team and Stephen Anderson will helm the bureau's communications and information policy team, according to the department.

From The Record
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