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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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OMB Memo: Myths about Contractor-Government Talks

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials on Wednesday circulated a memo, obtained by Nextgov, that encourages procurement officers to communicate with contractors before finalizing solicitations, in an effort to dispel misperceptions about conflicts of interest. The idea is that companies know the costs and features of current technology better than the government so ...

CEOs to feds: Consolidate data centers to cut IT spending

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The heads of IBM Corp. and Dell Inc. this week told President Obama and other White House officials that consolidating data centers is one of the easiest ways to trim federal information technology spending. "All we're talking about is putting things together and sharing them," IBM Chief Executive Officer Samuel ...

Interior executives test iPads in bid to boost productivity

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flickr user twid Several Interior Department agencies are buying small quantities of Apple iPads to evaluate whether the tablet computers boost efficiency, in a move that resembles the private sector's experimentation with corporate-issued iPads. "We've done a limited pilot here at the Office of the Secretary" for staff who frequently ...

Service Interrupted

February 1, 2011 WikiLeaks fiasco reinforces push to set security standards for cloud services. The WikiLeaks scandal, which prompted targeted blackouts of the document-leaking venture and financial services, demonstrates how online enterprises are at the mercy of third-party Web service providers. Such shutdowns could have dire consequences for Internet-based government services such as ...

Test affirms United States' ability to circumvent Internet censors

January 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jim Hollander/Landov A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the ...

From Nextgov.com: Test affirms United States' ability to circumvent Internet censors

January 31, 2011 A recent internal test by a federally-funded broadcaster shows that the U.S. government has the power to bypass foreign Internet censors by feeding news over a special e-mail system. How that capability might affect events in Egypt, where leaders have cut off Internet services despite appeals by the Obama administration ...

Cybersecurity Ain't In Kansas Anymore

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department does not expect a plan for protecting computers from hacking and other malicious activity to appear anytime soon. "No ruby slippers" is the phrase that Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, said he wanted to stress this week at a ...

White House considers relaxing cloud security requirements

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obama administration officials are considering relaxing some security requirements for cloud computing certification to expedite deployments, after the software industry raised concerns about impractical, one-size-fits-all controls, federal officials said. The goal of the initiative, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), is to provide departments with standard procedures ...

Homeland Security moves full-speed-ahead on Einstein cybersecurity tool

January 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will finish by 2012 installing a somewhat controversial system, called Einstein 2, that monitors traffic on federal computer networks for potential intrusions, and will start the next phase of the application, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said during an address on the state of the agency. The ...

From Nextgov.com: White House considers relaxing cloud security requirements

January 28, 2011 Obama administration officials are considering relaxing some security requirements for cloud computing certification to expedite deployments, after the software industry raised concerns about impractical, one-size-fits-all controls, federal officials said. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.