State Department Fails at Cybersecurity Again, New Report Reveals

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Cybersecurity at the US State Department has been scrutinized for years while under the leadership of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. The department has a tech budget of $1.92 billion annually, yet has never scored well on internal security tests. This year’s report looked no better than previous ones.

The State Department’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) latest report revealed that the State Department is still failing at cybersecurity. Beyond that, the department scored worse in some criterias.

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According to a report from the Inspector General in 2016, the department failed to comply with its own security policies in 55 percent of attacks. The State Department fell under heavy scrutiny after the massive data breach in 2014 where hackers accessed the department’s email system. CNN called the breach “the worst ever” when it came to cyber attacks against the US government.

Here the report spoke of the State Department’s 2014 breach:

The U.S. Government’s global computer networks are tempting targets for hackers, spies, and other intruders. […] Cyberattacks pose a serious threat to the protection of information. The 2014 intrusion into the Department’s network, for example, highlighted the

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