AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 1401-1410 of 2619

Tech firms warn about global threat of digital protectionism

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. technology firms are urging the Obama administration to stop foreign countries from blocking global Internet commerce under the pretense of national security. Google and Microsoft joined the nonprofit National Foreign Trade Council on Thursday to release policy recommendations aimed at thwarting "digital protectionism," presumably in countries such as China....

Corporate IT Pros are Skeptical of the Cloud, but Feds March On

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Obama administration hurries to save billions of dollars by moving federal computing online, a new study shows that few information technology managers at leading-edge companies believe Internet "cloud" storage is as secure as in-house data centers. One third of private-sector IT practitioners questioned by the Ponemon Institute believe...

Corporate Intelligence

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Businesses operating critical infrastructure, such as the energy and banking sectors, want to join a new government program that would give them access to classified intelligence on cyber threats. The program, which is currently restricted to certain defense contractors, is aimed at strengthening commercial networks serving the military. The thinking...

TSA mum on missing deadline for 100 percent cargo screening

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Explosives concealed in cargo on international U.S.-bound passenger planes could go undetected, since the Transportation Security Administration has apparently failed, for the second time, to meet a deadline for scanning all parcels on overseas planes, House Democrats warned TSA officials in a letter demanding an explanation. A year ago, U.S....

TSA mum on missing deadline for 100 percent cargo screening

November 2, 2011 Explosives concealed in cargo on international U.S.-bound passenger planes could go undetected, since the Transportation Security Administration has apparently failed, for the second time, to meet a deadline for scanning all parcels on overseas planes, House Democrats warned TSA officials in a letter demanding an explanation. Read the whole story...

Corporate Intelligence

November 1, 2011 More businesses want access to classified information about threats to vital networks. Businesses operating critical infrastructure, such as the energy and banking sectors, want to join a new government program that would give them access to classified intelligence on cyber threats. The program, which is currently restricted to certain defense...

U.S. satellite breaches may be linked to China

October 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China may have been flaunting its scientific capabilities by meddling with U.S. Earth observation satellites in past years, according to space and computer security experts. Two unusual incidents involving signals targeting a U.S. Geological Survey satellite in 2007 and 2008 were referred to the Defense Department for investigation, USGS officials...

Clinton and Brits Confront Hacker Groups

October 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join her United Kingdom counterparts at a cyberspace conference in London on Nov. 1, just days after British officials acknowledged they received international help in battling cybercrime -- and could use more of it. On Oct. 28, the website of the U.K.'s Foreign and...

DHS drones to monitor nearly entire northern border

October 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department plans to fly sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft along a greater expanse of the 5,500-mile border with Canada to spot illegal activity, DHS officials told members of Congress on Friday. Along the rugged northern border, remotely controlled planes -- variants of Pentagon drones -- are better than ground...

Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet

October 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night. Currently, Defense data reside on three main systems that cannot be centrally secured, creating disparate levels of protection that serve as entryways for ever evolving malicious...