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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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State Department Wants To Compile Cybersecurity Playbook

10:42 AM ET The State Department, fresh off the heels of a highly publicized cyberintrusion, is picking industry's brain for tactics to block and perhaps strike back at hackers, according to new contracting documents. State wants to produce a new set of how-to "playbooks" around cybersecurity "to clearly guide both offensive cyber operations...

State Department Wants to Compile Cybersecurity 'Playbook'

September 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department, fresh off the heels of a highly publicized cyberintrusion, is picking industry's brain for tactics to block and perhaps strike back at hackers, according to new contracting documents. State wants to produce a new set of how-to "playbooks" around cybersecurity "to clearly guide both offensive cyber operations...

Here’s What OPM Is Offering to Protect Hack Victims from Blackmail

September 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is planning to invest $330 million in financial fraud protections for Office of Personnel hack victims, even though the suspected computer intruders are not thought to be in the business of ID theft. It is widely believed Chinese spies confiscated records on the national security workers and others...

5 Months after Detecting OPM Hack, Officials Begin Protecting 21.5 Million Victims At a Cost of $330 Million

September 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 21.5 million victims of the largest known breach of federal personnel data will begin receiving notifications at the end of September -- five months after the government first discovered the incident. In announcing an initial $133 million award for protection services to a company called "I.D. Experts," U.S. officials...

US Revives New-Look 'Virtual Fence' Along Its Southern Border

September 1, 2015 While GOP presidential contenders broach novel ideas for U.S. border control, the Department of Homeland Security over the past couple of weeks has quietly resurrected an overhauled, 10-year-old virtual fence concept. Video surveillance feeds from a handful of remote "integrated fixed towers" in southern Arizona are now on the computer...

DHS Switches on Retooled Virtual Fence Along Arizona Border

September 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While GOP presidential contenders broach novel ideas for U.S. border control, the Department of Homeland Security over the past couple of weeks has quietly resurrected an overhauled, 10-year-old virtual fence concept. Video surveillance feeds from a handful of remote "integrated fixed towers" in southern Arizona are now on the computer...

Hackers Breach Catholic Agency’s Security, Stalk 2-Year-Old Indiana Girl, and Access U. of R.I. Women’s Emails

August 31, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hack Attack Hits Catholic Agency Workers The problem surfaced in late July, when IT staff for the Michigan Catholic Conference found a suspicious file deep within the organization's computer network. Work sites affected...

Can US Cyber Nerve Center Hold Onto Its New Leaders?

August 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to clarify remarks about the new reporting structure. On May 6, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced a hotshot hire shortly would be at the helm of the nation's 24-hour cyber watch floor. The position had been vacant since last September. It was...

Industry: Pentagon Moved Too Fast on Cyber Rules

August 26, 2015 New sweeping defense contractor rules on hack notifications take effect today, adding to a flurry of Pentagon IT security policies issued in recent years. Just this month, the Office of Management and Budget proposed guidelines to homogenize the way vendors secure data governmentwide. The Defense Department had already released three...

Pentagon Unveils New Rules Requiring Contractors to Disclose Data Breaches

August 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New sweeping defense contractor rules on hack notifications take effect today, adding to a flurry of Pentagon IT security policies issued in recent years. Just this month, the Office of Management and Budget proposed guidelines to homogenize the way vendors secure data governmentwide. The Defense Department had already released three...