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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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Administration Powers Up DHS Cyber Staff

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is restructuring cybersecurity leadership, as Congress prepares to debate legislation early this year that could increase the Homeland Security Department's cyber workload. On Friday, DHS officials announced John Streufert, a pioneer in threat-monitoring at the State Department, will be joining Homeland Security as the new director of...

Pentagon cedes control of Defense cyber pilot to DHS

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers, DHS officials said. The new arrangement puts DHS, the civilian agency responsible for facilitating the protection of private critical infrastructure, in charge of communicating with private Internet...

Pentagon cedes control of Defense cyber pilot to DHS

January 17, 2012 The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers, DHS officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Business.USA.gov will be aimed at simplifying the ocean of economic-related information floating throughout the dot-gov domain, administration officials said Friday. With unemployment...

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Get ready to push some paper for cloud moves

January 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A critical part of a fast-track strategy that allows agencies to digitally borrow each other's cloud security guarantees will not be available when the operation gets under way this summer, federal officials told Nextgov. The mantra of the new effort, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP,...

Fake US-CERT Emails Contain Banking Virus Traced to Russia

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A variant of the notorious Zeus virus has been circulating the offices of government agencies through an email from hackers who are aping the sender address @US-CERT.GOV, the true U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team disclosed Wednesday evening. Researchers outside of US-CERT traced the malicious software to a botnet -- a...

ICANN maintains security stance on website suffix expansion plan

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ICANN's Rod Beckstrom says the new program includes protective measures absent from the existing system.Rick Rycroft/AP file photo On Tuesday, amid objections from lawmakers and federal officials, the head of the global nonprofit organization that governs website names defended security protections in place for Thursday's planned kickoff of a program...

Real Federal Cyber Squad Warns of Sham Federal Cyber Squad's Emails

January 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers posing as members of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team are emailing feds using the bogus sender address SOC@US-CERT.GOV, according to federal officials. The real U.S. CERT -- we think -- issued an alert saying that today it began receiving reports of a phishing campaign that uses spoofed US-CERT...

Contractors dealt blanket cloud security specs

January 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires said the process "will evaluate IT services offered by vendors on behalf of federal agencies." The White House is speeding ahead on a program to expedite security clearances for cloud products, having just notified contractors of about 170 specific protections soon to be required. The...

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