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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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Hacker Conference Will Invite Feds Back – In 2016

June 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is expected to announce on Tuesday a deal with DEF CON to hold the final round of DARPA’s two-year Cyber Grand Challenge at the organization’s 2016 Las Vegas conference. The aim of the competition is to build a Watson-like machine that can detect and ...

Secret Service Software Will 'Detect Sarcasm' in Social Media Users

June 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect -- ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment ...

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 ...