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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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AmeriCorps Security Breach

October 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has mailed out letters to AmeriCorps participants and applicants informing them that personal information may have been breached due to flaws in the program's website, federal officials announced on Friday. The security weaknesses date back to 2006, they said. Each year, the federal AmeriCorps program offers more than ...

Officials say agency real-time surveillance not likely this year

October 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many agencies will not be able to submit summaries of network threats based on real-time surveillance by the Nov. 15 deadline for reporting on security management to the White House, according to federal officials. The Obama administration in April announced that agencies this fall must use automated security monitoring tools ...

White House says online investigations, privacy can coexist

October 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Civil liberties and national security are at the core of the White House's cybersecurity agenda, a senior administration official said late Wednesday, amid concerns the FBI's desire to wiretap the Internet conflicts with protecting personal information on the Internet. "We don't take the position that this is an either-or situation," ...

One agency wants Internet wiretaps, another wants privacy protected

October 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An FBI initiative that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the Internet works at cross purposes with a recently launched cybersecurity public awareness campaign, privacy advocates said. Bureau officials are pushing Congress to pass a bill that would require manufacturers of Web-based technologies to equip their products ...

From Nextgov.com: One agency wants Internet wiretaps, another wants privacy protected

October 6, 2010 An FBI initiative that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the Internet works at crosses purposes with a recently launched cybersecurity public awareness campaign, privacy advocates said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Deloitte Bolsters Cyber Biz

October 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Deloitte & Touche LLP has nabbed the former Federal Aviation Administration cybersecurity chief to expand its threat intelligence business, officials at the consulting company announced on Tuesday. Col. Michael F. Brown, who had been FAA's chief information security officer since 2001, will now serve as a senior manager in Deloitte's ...

Major IT Vendors Violated Labor Laws

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal auditors identified four information technology contractors that have committed big violations of health or wage regulations, as part of an investigation of 15 suppliers with prior offenses that won awards totaling more than $6 billion in 2009. A Government Accountability Office review of previous labor violations by federal contractors, ...

Cyber czar asks public to stop, think and connect

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Howard Schmidt, the federal cybersecurity czar, announced on Monday a publicity campaign that will instruct Americans to take responsibility for their own online safety. The launch of the initiative "Stop. Think. Connect" coincides with the start of the 7th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which the Homeland Security Department sponsors. ...

Recent large IT contracts could cut prices for government, experts say

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration, Homeland Security Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each have awarded during the past month multibillion dollar, comprehensive information technology contracts that could prevent the types of cost overruns that have long plagued projects of all sizes, according to some procurement experts. The ...

From Nextgov.com: Recent large IT contracts could cut prices for government, experts say

October 4, 2010 The Social Security Administration, Homeland Security Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each have awarded during the past month multibillion dollar, comprehensive information technology contracts that could prevent the types of cost overruns that have long plagued projects of all sizes, according to some procurement experts. Read ...