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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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HHS, DHS and EPA Don’t Need to Dole Out New Cyber Rules

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Thursday announced that the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, do not need to impose new regulations to defend industry against hacks, because voluntary measures will suffice. Obama administration officials stopped short of saying whether independent regulatory ...

Why Does the Air Force Spend Twice as Much to Hack than to Deflect Threats?

May 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Thursday approved legislation that breaks out $13.4 million for Air Force cyberattack operations and $5.6 million for efforts to defend the service's networks. But those numbers likely underrepresent cyber offense and especially cyber defense spending, some military budget analysts say. The problem with cyber funding -- governmentwide ...

USPS Employees Get Fake USPS Phishing Emails, Too

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Postal Service personnel, who, like all of us, receive bogus emails claiming to be from the USPS, have a few ways of dealing with the threats that are sometimes part of mass spam campaigns and occasionally hack attempts targeted at feds. An exchange of emails among users of the U.S. ...

Bill Would Let DHS Pay Cyber Workers as Much as the Pentagon Pays

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would empower the Homeland Security Department to pay DHS cyber recruits as much as Pentagon computer security professionals. There is a shortage of skilled computer security employees at many civilian agencies with heavy cyber responsibilities. The bill could help DHS compete with ...

Survey: Abuse of Network Access Privileges Is Rampant

May 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies are more concerned about insiders leaking citizens’ and partner organizations’ information than their own general business information, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute. Meanwhile, the commercial sector cares more about inappropriate disclosures of business data than customer data. Ponemon surveyed 693 industry and government information technology ...

Why It's Hard to Run a Background Check Through the Cloud

May 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many state cops, running a query on a suspicious character from their patrol car laptop or tablet is not an option. That's because of the stringency of FBI regulations for cloud companies that want to provide remote access to criminal records. The contractors themselves have to undergo criminal history ...

Heartbleed Superbug Found in Utility Monitoring Systems

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Software that monitors utility plants and other operations at several military installations has been found to be affected by the recently discovered superbug Heartbleed, when configured a certain way, according to the Homeland Security Department and the software’s manufacturer. "The latest release of Schneider Electric Wonderware Intelligence Version 1.5 SP1 ...

Hackers Take Pacific Sea Battle Online, Destroy Crypto-currency and Stun Themselves

May 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Dogecoin data ‘destroyed,’ operator of virtual stash says 160 million dogecoins (worth $73,046 as of 5/15) are gone, after intruders accessed and destroyed all data on Doge Vault's virtual machines. Chinese hackers deface ...

Justice Is Fast-Tracking Cyber Hires

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department is recruiting cyber professionals under special rules to fill vacancies more quickly now that funding constraints have eased somewhat, the department's top network security official said. While the severity of hacks is increasing, civilian agencies still struggle to bring capable computer programmers on staff. Justice is moving ...

FCC Employees, Is Your Internet Running Sluggish Today?

May 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some website operators are slowing down Federal Communications Commission employees' access to their sites in protest of potential paid Internet fast lane regulations. On Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to release a proposal that would let broadband providers charge sites for bandwidth-heavy content. The hacktivist collective Anonymous is ...