Cybersecurity

State plans departmentwide phishing trip

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State Department employees should get ready to receive some funky email messages. The agency announced it had signed a deal with eGlobalTech to test the cyber hygiene of State employees around the world.

The $470,000 contract, announced May 25 on the FedBizOpps contracting website, calls for eGlobalTech to supply "phishing as a service" to the department. According to contracting documents, State's Office of Policy, Liaison and Training sought a vendor to concoct phishing email messages, send them to employees around the world and track the responses.

The deal is for one year with a two-year option. The vendor will send the phishing messages from its own server infrastructure to make sure that State data does not get mixed up with contractor or other data.

Employees who are fooled by the messages can look forward to "corrective training," according to a limited-source justification document included in the award notice.

It is just one aspect of State's efforts to improve basic cyber hygiene. The department is offering to train Foreign Service officers who want to specialize in cybersecurity with the goal of creating a cadre of qualified personnel worldwide who watch for threats and make sure department standards are being upheld in the sending of cables and other sensitive activities.

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Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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