State department loses top cyber official

Chris Painter, the coordinator for cyber issues in the U.S. Department of State, will leave his post at the end of the month, reports The Hill.

Mr. Painter was responsible for leading U.S. diplomatic efforts to advance cybersecurity, including launching "cyber dialogues" with foreign governments.  Prior to his appointment to coordinator for cyber issues, Mr. Painter served as senior director for cyberpolicy in the National Security Council.

"After six and a half years of exceptional service, Coordinator Painter's extended detail comes to an end at the end of July," a State Department official told The Hill in an email. "The State Department will continue to address and prioritize these important cyber issues."

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