Clinton names coordinator for cyber issues


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about internet freedoms at George Washington University on Tuesday., Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that former National Security Council Director Christopher Painter will lead  the department’s cyber security efforts.

During a speech about Internet freedoms at George Washington University, Clinton said Painter will head the department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues.

State’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review established a coordinator for cyber issues to  “lead State’s engagement on
cybersecurity and other cyber issues.”  

Painter’s duties will include protecting “the confidentiality of communications between and among governments.”

Clinton said the office will enhance current cybersecurity efforts and promote cooperation across the department and governmentwide.  She added that the administration will “complete an international strategy for cyberspace”  in the coming year.  


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