5 thieves, 5 cities, 12 hours: Can Twitter catch them?

A State Department-sponsored contest will test social media's intelligence-gathering power, asking contestants to find a ring of international jewel thieves.

State Dept., Coast Guard to lash health record systems together

The State Department and Coast Guard will set up an interagency disaster recovery network through which State health care providers can access records of Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' personnel under their care.

How open-source can improve cloud security

Using open-source software can let organizations draw on a wide range of expertise, which can come in handy after a cyberattack, a State Department official says.

State Department looks to biometrics for border security

Biometrics could provide a way to automate visitor exits from the United States and identify with more certainty who remains in the country.

With an IT overhaul, State beefed up the first line of border defense

Revamping its consular affairs systems gave the State Department the IT prowess to manage a surge of 2 million visa and passport requests a month.

OMB's 25-point plan changing the way agencies manage IT

Three federal agency IT leaders offer a snapshot of how they are implementing aspects of the government's 25-point IT plan.

Which agencies rank as the most innovative? The least?

A Partnership for Public Service study asked feds to rate their agencies on whether innovation is encouraged, and whether it's rewarded.

State at odds with GAO over its pioneering security system

The department has been at the forefront in developing a continuous monitoring system for its global network, but officials differ with GAO on what to improve.

Internet-in-a-suitcase would give voice to censored protesters

A U.S. project would give protesters the ability to set up a mobile network when their country’s officials try to restrict free speech by shutting down Internet connections.

DOD aims to make classified networks WikiLeaks-proof

Defense Department officials are implementing new procedures to protect the secret-level classified network from the kind of breaches that lead to WikiLeaks exposing diplomatic cables last year.

State employees' social networking site just around the Corridor

The State Department's eDiplomacy office is testing its new Corridor social network for department employees, according to several online reports.

Is China out-gunning U.S. in cyber war?

The pace of cyber espionage between China and the United States has accelerated in recent years, and China, with a campaign investigators call 'Byzantine Hades,' may have taken the upper hand, according to a Reuters report citing State Department cables and security experts.

After data center consolidation, beware legacy apps

Federal IT managers detail progress on consolidating data centers and discuss the problems of moving applications to the cloud.

Report: WikiLeaks source exploited security flaw

A State Department program lacked a feature that might have alerted officials to the unauthorized download of diplomatic cables.

State's Diplopedia could help it avoid a WikiLeaks breach

In the office of eDiplomacy, cables such as the ones leaked to WikiLeaks have been replaced by Diplopedia, a highly secure system by which ambassadors and their staffs can compare notes, pass tips and even offer candid observations on world leaders.

WikiLeaks impels White House to order classified data security review

The White House is ordering a governmentwide review of information security for classified data after WikiLeaks' release of diplomatic cables.