State Department Creates Positions to Combat International Cybersecurity Threats

The State Department is responding to international cyber threats like ransomware, intellectual property theft by Chinese citizens, and Russian election interference by restructuring to include the creation of two new positions.

A new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy will be led by an unnamed Senate-confirmed ambassador-at-large and a new, separate special envoy for critical and emerging technology, officials said, according to The Wall Street Journal.  

Both positions will report directly to Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman for at least the first year, the officials said. The bureaucratic changes, to be announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, reflect his view that the U.S. has entered a “fundamentally new era in global affairs” where climate change and emerging technology are key to international cooperation and competition, a senior State Department official said.

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