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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.
Results 1-10 of 2019

Evaluate Aspiring Cyberwarriors Using Gaming, Not Grades

9:22 AM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maybe the winner of an upcoming Pentagon contest to robotize cybersecurity should win a salaried job, in addition to the planned $2 million cash prize. That's the belief of former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, who questions why the government focuses so much on formal education when evaluating applicants for cyber ...

Significant Deficiencies Found in Treasury’s Computer Security

July 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weaknesses in Treasury Department computer systems that track federal debt are severe enough to disrupt accounting, according to a government audit. Newly discovered security vulnerabilities at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, coupled with older unfixed problems, constitute a "significant deficiency" for financial reporting purposes, the Government Accountability Office found. ...

Attention, Passengers: $15,000 Prize for Whoever Can Speed TSA Screening

July 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In anticipation that more fliers will be eager to pay for expedited checkpoint screening, the Transportation Security Administration has promised to award $15,000 in cash prizes to whoever can design a faster waiting line system. TSA on Tuesday opened a competition on InnoCentive, a website for crowdsourcing solutions to problems, ...

Hackers Compromise Porn, Improve CNET’s Security, and Reveal Malware Ingredients

July 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: UK government privacy office mum about an internal breach The agency responsible for protecting the country’s private information refuses to release details about a hack that took place under its own roof. Bank ...

National Guard, Feds Double Down for Foreign Hack Against US

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government deployed twice as many cyber professionals this year as in 2013 during a -- simulated -- foreign-based cyberattack on U.S. soil, Pentagon officials said Thursday. About 550 participants recently completed "Cyber Guard 14-1," a two-week exercise executed by the U.S. Cyber Command and hosted at the FBI's ...

How Cyber Scary Is It Outside Today?

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We have shrunk ThreatWatch, Nextgov's online rundown of the latest reported breaches, into an iPhone app that offers more news and numbers. You'll still find depictions of hacks hitting agencies, retailers and every sector daily, but now there also are threat-level scores and story feeds from around the globe. This ...

Bitcoin Could Become Gold Standard at Ft. Knox Florist

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flower shop Petals and Blooms, located inside a Kentucky military base, now accepts the virtual currency Bitcoin for online purchases. The Fort Knox florist is part of BloomNation.com, an online service that connects customers with local stores and handles payment processing. Currently, Bitcoin buys account for about 1 percent of ...

Unclear Whether OPM Hackers Accessed Feds’ Names

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management is not required to tell employees whether attackers who recently breached a human resources database saw their names. The hackers, believed to be from China, apparently wanted files on staff who have applied for top-secret security clearances, The New York Times previously reported. OPM and ...

Paper Folders Twice As Fast As Computerized Immigration System

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Story has been updated to include comment from USCIS officials. After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began ...

FBI Explores Commercial Cloud Capabilities

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The story has been updated to remove a reference to a separate FBI cloud request for proposals, also issued July 11. The FBI is pondering a move to online storage of criminal records, fingerprints and other biometric data, partly to expedite rap sheet searches, according to bureau contracting officers and ...