Cybersecurity

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.

Emerging Tech

iCow app and methane belches

The State Department's Apps4Africa competition inspired tools for cattle farmers, government watchdogs and poor women facing pregnancy.

State looks to consolidate citizen services

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is looking to replace the existing suite of passport and U.S. citizen services systems and develop a new set of information management tools.

Cloud & Infrastructure

State site puts Haiti earthquake relief efforts in one place

The State Department's Haiti relief Web site uses multimedia and social media to provide updates on response efforts since an earthquake hit the country in January.

Cybersecurity

Supply chain security expands in unclassified community

A civilian working group is expanding a CNCI initiative on managing risk in the IT supply chain to the unclassified community. The group is also seeking real-world feedback for a set of proposed best practices for supply chain risk management.

With social media, State embraces disruption

New technology is disruptive. But the State Department has decided that social networking can be used for agencies and against them, and its presence cannot be ignored, says the department's social media guru, Jared Cohen.

Cloud & Infrastructure

State Department social network in the works

The State Department will be launching its own social network for employees and diplomatic officials.

Cybersecurity

Legislation would open diplomatic relations -- in cyberspace

A bill being introduced today would create the position of ambassador at large in the State Department to coordinate U.S. foreign policy on cybersecurity and cyberspace issues.

Cybersecurity

FISMA's future may lie in State Department security model

With some reworking of the Federal Information Security Management Act likely, the State Department's program of continuous monitoring and assessment proints the way for what can be done with IT security.

Agencies harness social media for Haiti relief efforts

Social media, satellite communications spring into action to help earthquake-devastated nation.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud computing disarms State Department's worries over fast system deployment

Cloud computing offers a tantalizing promise of savings. But how can an agency test new cloud-based services without compromising the mission? The State Department might have found a new technique: Test cloud services with workgroup-portioned projects.

Cybersecurity

State pilot shows a way to improve security while cutting costs

Agency has reduced its serious vulnerabilities while cutting the cost of its security program, said Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert.

State puts X-Life games into play for Middle Eastern youths

The launch of X-Life Games for mobile phones, aimed at young adults in the Middle East, is the State Department’s first foray into using virtual worlds for public diplomacy.

State's games aim to teach Middle Eastern youth about U.S. culture

The State Department is experimenting with role-playing games for mobile devices to pursue its public diplomacy agenda.

Cybersecurity

State Department deploys electronic asset-tracking system

The State Department plans to tag 10,000 mission-critical technology assets with passive radio frequency identification (RFID) devices to save money and increase security.

Cybersecurity

Project at a glance: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

More than 1.7 million vehicles and 2.5 million travelers’ identities validated in the first week of operation without any increase in wait time.

Cybersecurity

CBP's border system tests include a drive-through sandbox

For its border-crossing system, Customs and Border Protection had to optimize the best configuration of radio frequency identification antennas in the lane, how to tune and angle the antennas, and how to set the radiated power for best performance in reading RFID-enabled cards

Cybersecurity

Consolidated ID cards and automated checkpoint systems streamline the flow at border crossings

On June 1, the project to deploy the new system at the 39 largest ports of entry was completed – on time and on budget, processing more than 1.7 million vehicles and 2.5 million travelers in the first week. More than 90 percent of the travelers had WHTI-compliant IDs, and the automated verification system had a query response time of less than two seconds.

Cloud & Infrastructure

State puts social networking to diplomatic use

Among the public services that State uses are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for video and Flickr for photos.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Splunk announces Version 4 of its IT search software

Splunk lets users search applications, log, events, or any machine-generated data and boasts faster speeds, dashboard capabilities.

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