According to The Hill, on Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo approved the new office of Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to help prevent cyber conflicts with potentially adversarial nations.
A State Department representative states:
“The need to reorganize and resource America’s cyberspace and emerging technology security diplomacy through the creation of CSET is critical, as the challenges to U.S. national security presented by China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other cyber and emerging technology competitors and adversaries have only increased since the Department notified Congress in June 2019 of its intent to create CSET.”
CSET’s mandate is to lead the U.S. government efforts on a wide range of international cyberspace security and emerging technology policy issues. These include securing securing critical infrastructure to help reduce potential cyber conflicts.
This move did not impress the former State Department cybersecurity coordinator Christopher Painter, who is criticizing this decision.
Four years ago Painter would have been helping with this effort. Perhaps this is the reason for the disdain of the new office.
I am curious as to what another government cybersecurity office will bring to the table. Only time will tell.