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The primary mission of the Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS) Cyber and Technology Security (CTS) Directorate is to safeguard the U.S. Department of State’s information and IT assets at more than 275 locations around the world. This includes protecting a global cyber infrastructure comprising networks, systems, information, and mobile devices.

Since its formation in 1986, DSS has continued to mature its cybersecurity capabilities. The organization established CTS as a separate directorate in May 2017 to more fully leverage its advanced technology and operational security expertise to identify and respond to cyber risks and threats. This includes security challenges

originating from hackers, rogue operators, nation states, and insider threats. CTS core responsibilities include:

  • Cyber Incident response
  • In-depth analysis of malicious activity/attempted intrusions
  • Cyber threat intelligence analysis and reporting
  • Vulnerability assessments and testing
  • Technical security assessments
  • Cyber policy and awareness
  • Law enforcement investigations and technical surveillance

DSS keeps pace with the latest techniques and
technology employed by malicious cyber actors
to ensure the State Department is positioned to defend against cyber adversaries and make informed
risk management decisions. DSS personnel and programs provide the subject matter expertise and integrity to facilitate the secure deployment of emerging technologies and positive change throughout
the department.

For more information, please contact Diplomatic Security Public Affairs at

U.S. Department of State

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