U.S. Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter, left, of the U.S. Department of State, speaks at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue in Tokyo, May 9, 2013. ©AP Image
The State Department leads the U.S. Government's engagement with other countries to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation. In order to facilitate this mission, the Department established the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues in February 2011 as a part of the QDDR process. Its responsibilities include: coordinating global diplomatic engagement, serving as liaison to the White House and Federal agencies, advising the Secretary and Deputy Secretaries on cyber issues, and acting as liaison to public and private sector entities.
The Department's cyber work spans the full spectrum of policy issues to include security, the economy, freedom of expression, and the free flow of information on the Internet. This aligns with the Department's strategic goal one: counter threats to the United States and the international order, and advance civilian security around the world.
In March 2013, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, testified before Congress on the Department's role in countering cyber threats. Over the past year, the Department has made significant progress, including: