The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 20

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shift since 9/11 from “need to know” to
“need to share.” Information collabora-
tion certainly has value, but it must be
smart—and regulated. Whether sharing
information via social media or for joint
strategic planning with other agencies, we
must protect it.
A recent Office of the Inspector General
report stated that without greater control
and oversight of the Netcentric Diplomacy
Application, which permits sharing classi-
fied cables via the Secret Internet Protocol
Router Network, another WikiLeaks-like
disaster is not just possible, but likely. Until
that vulnerability is eliminated, infor-
mation-sharing through that application
should immediately cease.
The Past as Prologue
IRM officers are a proud group of
professionals with the expertise and
commitment to achieve all the techno-
logical objectives to make E.O. 13636
a reality—given the resources. An elite
team of diplomatic couriers stands ready
to do its part, as well. But implementing
new approaches to IRM program strat-
egy, along with a new CIO security focus,
will demand resolve—and the courage to
help divine the future.
A renewed State Department commit-
ment to enhancing information security
can be a microcosm for what’s possible
across America’s increasingly digital
landscape. In 1775 Benjamin Franklin rec-
ognized that the new nation would need
to enshrine openness and trust among its
values. But he also persuaded the Conti-
nental Congress to keep “secret journals”
of his committee’s actions to help secure
America’s liberty.
Our first diplomat knew that secur-
ing liberty would at times demand secret
diplomacy. For today’s Foreign Service,
that past must be prologue.
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