Wednesday, July 24, 2013


A report released last week by the State Department’s inspector general blasted its office tasked with cybersecurity as being mismanaged and not doing its primary functions, which at the time of the inspection were actually being performed by other offices within the department. But so far, it’s garnered little attention.

Titled Inspection of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, Office of Information Assurance, the little publicized report evaluates the office tasked with providing “information technology and services the Department needs to successfully carry out its foreign policy mission by applying modern IT tools, approaches, systems, and information products.” As part of this, it also needs to address information security of the systems as directed by Title III of the E-Government Act of 2002.
What the inspector general found though was that IRM/IA “does not fulfill all those requirements” laid out in Title III. In fact, “the majority of the required functions are performed by Department of State (Department) offices other than IRM/IA,” the report states.

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