CISA Chief Says the Agency’s Global Initiative Is to Support the State Department  

CISA Chief Says the Agency’s Global Initiative Is to Support the State Department  

Work is already underway for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to quickly increase its overseas presence, according to Acting Director Brandon Wales who said a new global initiative will bolster and align with State Department activities.

“We are looking at ways to make a more firm commitment internationally, including deploying CISA personnel around the world, really, for the first time in a more dedicated way, to be that touchpoint at critical embassies around the world embedded with some of our most critical cybersecurity partners,” Wales said. “Those efforts are proceeding now, and I expect that over the next two years, you will see a different CISA with a different kind of global footprint.”

Wales spoke Thursday during a virtual event hosted by the Business Council for International Understanding—the member companies of which are major U.S. corporations from across the economy–to launch CISA Global. The initiative centers on sharing information with international partners to cooperate on operations, build capacity, engage stakeholders and shape policy.  

Under the previous administration, the State Department proposed merging staff from the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues and the Office of Emerging Security Challenges within the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance under a new bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies. Issues related to the digital economy and internet freedom would be handled by different bureaus—those for economic and business affairs and democracy, human rights and labor. 

But leading members of Congress would prefer a new cyber bureau to include and consolidate cyber diplomacy activities, such as those rel ..