With over one million individuals currently holding a top secret security clearance and an even larger number authorized to view secret and confidential information, the risk of a leak is very high. In addition to the millions of clearance holders, there are many more millions of computers, devices, and sensors that are part of government networks. All together, they make securing information a daunting challenge. For these reasons, the State Department has begun to invest serious resources in enhanced cybersecurity. Some 80 percent of their systems use multifactor authentication to identify and credential users, a major increase from the recent past. State also has begun to employ what it calls “cybersecurity scorecards” to determine the adequacy of security measures on the networks at its various locations. I have written more on this subject here.
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