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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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GAO: Agencies Can’t Always Prove They Respond to Breaches

May 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 65 percent of the time, federal departments did not have sufficient evidence of the steps they took to respond to cyber incidents, according to federal auditors. They often were able to show the extent of the breach, but not the severity of the impact to agency operations, Government Accountability ...

Hacker Fears Have Frustrated Efforts to Downsize Dot-Gov Sprawl

May 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Concerns about data compromises are partly to blame for drawing out an effort to merge roughly 2,000 dot-gov websites, according to federal officials and internal emails. But officials say they are still committed to making government services and information easier to navigate, as the website consolidation initiative approaches its three-year ...

Hackers Conquer Security Firm, Hijack iPhones and Trawl a Supercomputer

May 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Spotify Android users must upgrade apps after hack The streaming music service says an investigation shows only one user’s data was compromised but, as a precaution, it will be asking certain users to ...

Should You Need a License to Practice Cybersecurity?

May 30, 2014 The government should sponsor a national body to license cyber professionals and authorize cyber certifications, and then spin it off into an independent consortium, a military faculty member at the Pentagon's National Defense University said. A body akin to an American Medical Association is needed to authorize individuals to practice ...

Should You Need a License to Practice Cybersecurity?

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should sponsor a national body to license cyber professionals and authorize cyber certifications, and then spin it off into an independent consortium, a military faculty member at the Pentagon's National Defense University said. A body akin to an American Medical Association is needed to authorize individuals to practice ...

Senate Defense Bill Unearths NSA ‘Sharkseer’ Program

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Highlights from the Senate Armed Services Committee's new defense policy bill show lawmakers would like to drop $30 million on an obscure National Security Agency cybersecurity program called Sharkseer. There is little official, public information on the program. Based on a job posting for a contractor position, its sounds like ...

Are Paychecks the Problem? Senate Considers Bonuses for Pentagon’s Cyber Workforce

May 27, 2014 Current and aspiring Defense Department personnel with cyber skills could see a boost in pay under a Senate 2015 defense policy bill that lawmakers detailed on Friday. Defense is up against the private sector’s lucrative salaries as it endeavors to boost cyber mission forces. Pentagon Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said ...

Senate Defense Bill Mulls Bonuses for Cyber Pros

May 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Current and aspiring Defense Department personnel with cyber skills could see a boost in pay under a Senate 2015 defense policy bill that lawmakers detailed on Friday. Defense is up against the private sector’s lucrative salaries as it endeavors to boost cyber mission forces. Pentagon Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said ...

Army Awards No-Bid Cyber Range Deal to Lockheed Martin

May 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin has snagged a $14 million deal to help model hacks during cyber operation simulations, according to the Defense Department. During the 5-year contract period, the company will operate and sustain the National Cyber Range. The range is "designed to allow potentially virulent code to be introduced and studied ...

Hackers Stalk a Utility; Promote Godzilla

May 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: VA medical center mismailing leaves nearly 250 vets with the wrong test results One patient learned he had warning signs of colon cancer -- a disease that killed a parent -- only to ...