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State Department Event Highlights Cyber Risks for Kids

State Department Event Highlights Cyber Risks for Kids - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Photo: Andrey Kiselev
State Department Event Highlights Cyber Risks for Kids - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Photo: Andrey Kiselev

The State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security today hosted “Get Schooled, Kids and Cyber Security“ to raise awareness about cybersecurity and children by discussing risks, mitigation strategies and safety tips.

Speakers included Enough is Enough President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children instructor Dr. Sharon Cooper; Internet Solutions for Kids President and Research Director Dr. Michele Ybarra; and Pew Internet and American Life Project Senior Research Specialist Amanda Lenhart.

DS' Office of Cyber Security is tasked with protecting the State Department’s nearly 92,000 computers around the globe. Last year, the department received more than 2 million external emails a day, 83 percent of which were spam. And in 2010, the department countered nearly 500,000 viruses.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the State Department’s law enforcement and security arm. Its special agents, engineers and security professionals are in charge of the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities worldwide.

In the United States, diplomatic security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations and protect the secretary of state and other high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States.

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