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Aliya Sternstein

Senior Correspondent Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems for Nextgov. She has covered technology for nine years at such publications as National Journal's TechnologyDaily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, she covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She has been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, WTOP and Federal News Radio. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Heartbleed Means HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords

April 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials are telling Obamacare website account holders to reset their passwords, following revelations of a bug that could allow hackers to steal data. Officials earlier in the month said the government's main public sites, including HealthCare.gov, were safe from the risks surrounding Heartbleed -- faulty code recently found in ...

You Could Virtually Hover Over a Battlefield With Oculus

April 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking -- and warfighting, some defense contractors say. "It's your terrain," said A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, which makes mapping software for Google Glass and other wearable technology. ...

Hackers Scour Boob Job Records, Identify Anonymous, and Hold Up Nebraska Bank

April 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hackers ogled 500,000 consumer records at British boob job clinics Voyeurs went after online forms sent to the Harley Medical Group detailing potential patients’ questions regarding tummy tucks, boob jobs and liposuction. Activists ...

How to Tell If Hackers Are Attacking Your Utility System Through Heartbleed

April 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The branch of the Homeland Security Department defending critical private networks on Thursday issued a bulletin listing 14 hallmarks that indicate a hacker has tried to take advantage of the Heartbleed bug in company systems. The hope is that key U.S. sectors -- utilities, for instance -- will load the ...

DHS Wants to Recycle Its Own Computers

April 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is considering creating its own DHS-wide computer hardware recycling program, according to department officials. That way, Homeland Security can pocket more proceeds than using the current General Services Administration-run salvaging service, IT consultants say. The office of the DHS chief information officer "would like to establish ...

From the Cloud to Your Pentagon-Issued Phone

April 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense officials are in the process of figuring out how to adapt Web-based collaboration tools into apps that can be accessed from any computer, including tablets and smartphones. The department is partnering with vendors so that as they develop cloud services, those programs can be accessed from mobile devices, Jennifer ...

Qualifying Cyber Command Staff Is Harder Than You Think

April 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Coast Guard Cyber Command aims to qualify a couple of service members for what Pentagon officials have said will be a 2,000-member force within the next two years. It will take all the military services a lot of time and money to get their members qualified for the force. ...

Federal Websites Avoid Heartbleed Risks, DHS Says

April 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s main public websites are not at risk from the security vulnerability Heartbleed, the Homeland Security Department said Friday, although many of the sites -- including HealthCare.gov -- were built on systems that were susceptible. Officials declined to provide details on how sites hosted by compromised systems, such as ...

How the IRS Is Leaving Your Financial Data Unprotected

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The tax agency needs to better audit its own accounts, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO officials during the past year discovered that Internal Revenue Service was not sufficiently monitoring databases for abnormal activity that could indicate a breach. They also found poor encryption on key agency systems. In ...

Interior Trusts Other Agencies’ Cloud Security Judgments

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department is among the few agencies renting computer space in the commercial cloud without testing for security holes, according to Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program officials. Interior is throwing its trust behind FedRAMP, a cloud evaluation program that offers all agencies documentation showing that a vendor's storage, ...