State to gain more ability to monitor DOD cyber ops under White House agreement

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May 10, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The Biden administration has forged a new agreement under which the State Department will have more ability to weigh in on certain kinds of cyber operations, according to two sources familiar with the discussions between the White House and the agencies.

The sources said the negotiating parties reached consensus on a policy that gives the State Department greater ability to monitor and weigh in on “third-party notifications,” defined as whether and how the U.S. government alerts countries if it plans to enter their cyberspace to interrupt adversaries’ cyber operations.

Because the president has not yet signed the agreement the situation remains fluid, but the sources said both the Defense and State departments feel they won important pieces of the fight. The sources were unwilling to discuss additional details about the substance of the agreement.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council, which is leading the negotiation process, declined to comment.

CyberScoop reported in March that the White House had initiated an “interagency review process” meant to pare back the unprecedented authorities to launch and manage cyber operations that the Trump administration gave the DOD under National Security Presidential Memorandum-13.

NSPM-13, which became

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